Sinn Féin's spokesperson on Environment, Community & Local Government, Brian Stanley TD, has today challenged the government to release the findings of the report ‘Risks to Ireland from Incidents at the Sellafield Site’. Deputy Stanley met with officials from the Department of Environment today to discuss the report.
Speaking after the meeting he said;
“Unfortunately the report is regarded as secret and its details are not to be released. Both the British and Irish governments had agreed as far back as 2008 that the process should be kept secret regardless of findings or outcome.
“What has been put into the public domain is an edited summary of the full report. The summary concludes that incidents at Sellafield would result in ‘no observable health effects in Ireland’.
“This summary has none of the detail required to make a judgement on that. The conclusion totally flies in the face of an earlier damning report from the Britain’s National Audit Office (NAO). The NAO report says that some facilities used to store waste have deteriorated. It states that the treatment facilities and some of the older storage tanks on site ‘deteriorated so much that their contents pose significant risks to people and the environment’.
“The Sellafield report attempts to dispel fears surrounding an accident at Sellafield. The Irish government should take the lead in a significant international campaign to exert pressure on the British government to close Sellafield.
“Nuclear energy presents a significant risk to citizens much greater than any other form of energy. Nuclear energy invariably needs direct or indirect subsidies, paid by taxpayers and increasing the profits of the nuclear industry. The state provides insurance cover.
“The estimated cost of decommissioning Europe’s aging nuclear plants is €500 billion. According to the World Resources Institute every euro spent on new nuclear power could save ten times more emissions if it was invested in energy conservation measures, securing energy supply ten times cheaper as well.
“According to their 2011 election manifesto the Labour Party is ‘opposed to the Sellafield plant and other installations in the UK which pose a risk to our people’.
“Minster Hogan must take the opportunity to release the findings of the report or run the risk of being accused of covering up an inconvenient truth.”