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Morgan calls for closure of Sellafield amid news of 50 year old toxic leak

18 June, 2009


Reacting to breaking news this evening, of a 50 year old toxic leak at Sellafield, Louth Sinn Féin TD and long time anti-Sellafield campaigner Arthur Morgan said the fact that management at the plant never bothered to fix this leak shows the contempt with which British Nuclear Fuels Limited (BNFL) and the British Government holds the Irish people.

Deputy Morgan called on Environment Minister John Gormley to tackle the British Government in a meaningful way which will ensure the closure of this poisonous plant and the jailing of its management for serious neglect.

Deputy Morgan said today, “Many people will be rightly angered at the news this evening that there has been a toxic leak at the Sellafield Plant for over fifty years and the authorities there chose not bother fixing it.

“The people of Ireland, and particularly the people of County Louth and South Down have suffered the effects of this poisonous plant for many years now. Links have been made between this plant and the extraordinarily high rates of cancer and birth defects in this part of Ireland.

“I am calling on the Minister for the Environment John Gormley to tackle the British Government in a meaningful way which will ensure the closure of this poisonous plant and the jailing of its management for serious neglect. The fact that this leak was neglected for so long highlights the contempt with which British Nuclear Fuels Limited (BNFL) and the British Government hold the Irish people.

“Sellafield is a discredited plant which remains the most dangerous and unstable nuclear facility in Western Europe. The Irish Government must demand an immediate end to nuclear reprocessing at the plant and its immediate closure.” ENDS

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