19/06/2002

Delegation visit Sellafield on fact-finding tour

The MP for South Down Eddie McGrady is leading a delegation from the East Border Region of Ireland to Sellafield today.

Mr McGrady said that the delegation of councillors from Down, Newry & Mourne, Banbridge, Craigavon, Louth and Monaghan were embarking on a two-day fact-finding tour to Sellafield.

The councillors will meet representatives from British Nuclear Fuels, Friends of the Earth and Cumbrians Opposed to a Radioactive Environment (CORE).

Mr McGrady said: "Sellafield has been a common concern for many years among peoples and governments. Answers, explanations and clarifications will be sought from British Nuclear Fuels on a series of issues relating to re-processing, storage and radioactive waste, what is to happen to the fuel rods when they return from Japan within the next few weeks."

The delegation will also be seeking information on levels of tritium and technetium discharged into the Irish Sea, and what plans BNFL have for decommissioning the piles and reactors where the 1957 fire took place.

Mr McGrady said that Sellafield contained the world's inventory of nuclear waste. He said it was the duty of individuals and public representatives to continue to press the British Government and British Nuclear fuels to open their minds to what he said was "impartial scientific advice and to arguments to discontinue the processes at Sellafield".

(SP)


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