Ritchie slams British Government over ‘Sellafield chaos’

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Wednesday, January 21st, 2015
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SDLP MP Margaret Ritchie has hit out at the UK Energy Secretary on the ‘ongoing chaos’ over the decommissioning of the Sellafield nuclear plant. Speaking from Westminster Ritchie said, “What confidence or faith can the public have in the new nuclear programme this government is committed to with the ongoing farce over the decommissioning of the plant at Sellafield? “The partial reversal of the £20bn procurement decision by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority is shocking and shows that the process remains a complete shambles. “Serious questions must be asked as to why the government renewed this contract last year in the aftermath of a National Audit Office and KPMG report which showed clearly the poor performance of Nuclear Management Partners. “These reports pointed to clear failures in the management and structure of the project and should not have been ignored. The total cost of Sellafield including legacy waste is an eye-watering £110bn. “When it comes to nuclear it seems the UK government never learns and serious questions have to be asked about the new nuclear programme, especially the Moorside site near Sellafield. She added, “It is also worrying, but not surprising, that some of the same partners and funders of the new programme, such as Areva, are deeply implicated in the current mess at Sellafield.”

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3 Comments for “Ritchie slams British Government over ‘Sellafield chaos’”

  1. Marianne Birkby

    GOOD ON Margaret Ritchie! Why aren’t all (or any!) of our politicians shouting about this obscenity. When Paul Flynn raised questions about the corrupt way that the contracts had been handed to Nuclear Management Partners with NO parliamentary scrutiny, the brave MP was shouted down. There is something rotten in the state of the nuclear industry and the cancer is spreading with plans for new and more dangerous build on 500 acres of greenfields in Cumbria. The time to stop nuclear and concentrate on containing the wastes is NOW.

  2. Jan Thompson

    Why arnt more MP’s & ministers shouting about this? The nuclear industry is eating public money, a bottomless black hole. Who is benefitting?

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