‘Sellafield has to be closed’ – Ruane

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Tuesday, February 4th, 2014
Sinn Féin MLA Caitriona Ruane has called for the British Government to close the Sellafield Nuclear plant after another radioactive safety scare. Speaking to Newry Times, Ruane said, “This is the latest in a number of incidents which has seen radio activity rise to levels which has forced workers off the site. “The British Government have now stated that this rise in radioactivity was naturally occurring Radon but I am calling for an independent monitor to be given access to the plant in order to determine the true levels of danger to the general population. “Not only does this effect the people of Cumbria in England but the people in Ireland along the Down and Louth coast are also exposed to these poisons,” she revealed. “The clean-up of the Sellafield Nuclear processing plant is years behind schedule and totally over budget as exposed in a recent damning report from the British House of Commons Public Accounts Committee. This report raised serious safety concerns over ‘basic project management failings’ and said that ‘deadlines for cleaning up Sellafield have been missed’. Ruane added, “With plans to create another processing plant at Sellafield at an advanced stage the Irish Government must join the campaign to have this plant closed as it is obvious that the safety of the Irish people cannot be guaranteed while this plants continues to operate.”
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