Ritchie questions Minister on Sellafield dangers

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Thursday, September 15th, 2016
SDLP South Down MP Margaret Ritchie has questioned the Minister for Climate Change and Industry in Parliament on the safety failings exposed by the BBC’s Panorama documentary. Margaret RitchieShe said, “Like many of my constituents, I am deeply concerned by the safety failings exposed by yesterday’s Panorama documentary. “The Minister stated that his job today was to provide reassurance to the public on safety at Sellafield. Unfortunately, having listened to his statement and answers, I have not been reassured that the Government is responding to the issues raised with the seriousness required. “Rather than waving away the issues raised by the documentary, the Minister must work with the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority to accelerate the decommissioning of nuclear waste, and urgently working to establish a secure, deep-level geological storage site away from Sellafield.
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September 2016“I suspect that the Government is hoping for this issue will fall off the radar as the news cycle moves on, but the dangers of nuclear waste are too great to allow this to happen. Ritchie added, “This is why I will continue working in Parliament to hold the Government to account on the safety of the nuclear waste at Sellafield and its impact on communities on both sides of the Irish Sea.”
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