‘Sellafield must be closed’ – Hazzard

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Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Sinn Féin MLA Chris Hazzard has said that the British Government must close Sellafield permanently rather than the proposed closure of part of the plant by 2018.

Speaking to Newry Times, Mr Hazzard said, “The announcement that the Thorpe Reprocessing Plant at Sellafield is to close in 2018 is little comfort for the people of County Down who are living beside one of the most radio active seas in the world. For years the Sellafield plant has been poisoning the waters around the coastline of Ireland and Britain with radio active discharges. This radioactivity is also a source of the rising number of cases of cancer in this region.”

“The British government while closing the reprocessing plant have also plans to build a nuclear power plant on the site which will mean continued radio activity for the foreseeable future.”

He added, “I am calling on the British Government to close this plant in its entirety and put measures in place which will clean the area up. I will be talking to my colleagues on the British Irish Ministerial Council to raise this matter at the highest level.”

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