‘Sellafield failures undermine British Nuclear strategy’ – Ritchie

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Tuesday, November 10th, 2015
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SDLP South Down MP Margaret Ritchie has repeated her call on the British Government to abandon what she described as its ‘misguided and unsafe Nuclear Strategy’ after news that the Sellafield plant is set to miss its target for the completion of all oversees reprocessing contracts. Margaret RitchieSpeaking to Newry Times, she said, “The British Nuclear industry has suffered setback after dangerous setback consistently and yet the Conservative government refuses to see sense by pausing its deeply misguided nuclear strategy. “The latest news that the Sellafield plant is due to miss its target for the completion of all oversees processing contracts adds further to the growing body of evidence that the decommissioning of nuclear plants is entirely unsafe and unmanageable,” the local MP insisted. “This comes following the discovery of incredibly dangerous conditions at the site including cracked storage ponds and wildlife swimming within ponds using radioactive material. Ritchie added, “Now the Conservatives are intent on inviting investment from the Chinese Government to further their naked nuclear ambition. This agenda must come to an end and the public resources invested in renewable technologies that do not threaten safety for coastal communities, especially in the East of Ireland.”

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