Sellafield plant to slash technetium emissions

Britain's Sellafield nuclear plant is immediately to cut emissions of radioactive technetium-99 by 90%, two official agencies announced on Wednesday. The governments of Sweden and Ireland promptly welcomed the move. Irish environment minister Martin Cullen described it as a "significant breakthrough, but by no means the end". The Anglo-Welsh environment agency had proposed a 90% cut by 2006 (EED 21/09/01) and welcomed the fact that this would now be achieved two years earlier than forseen. See press releases from Anglo-Welsh environment agency, Sellafield operator BNFL, and environment ministries of UK, Ireland and Sweden.

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