Wednesday 22 May 2019

Call for closure after Sellafield leak

Patricia McDonagh

Opposition parties last night called on the Government to pursue the closure of Sellafield after it emerged the plant leaked radioactive material yesterday.

Officials at the plant confirmed last night that radioactive waste spilled from holding tanks into a concrete room designed to contain overflows.

A small amount of the effluent, which the owners said was mainly water with a low level of radioactivity, escaped into an adjacent concrete corridor.

A Sellafield spokesman said all the material was recovered and that the liquid was of such low radioactivity that no further work was required.

Fine Gael TD Phil Hogan said last night that the leak was another example of how the plant is posing a threat to Irish citizens and pressed Environment Minister John Gormley to take action.

A spokesperson for the Department of Environment said that officials were looking into the latest incident and added that it was a "relatively minor incident" and had no safety implications for Ireland.

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