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Reduction of emissions from Sellafield welcome but no alternative to shutting facility

21 April, 2004

Sinn Féin spokesperson on the Environment Arthur Morgan T.D. gave a cautious welcome to the announcement today by BNFL that it is introducing a new waste treatment process to reduce Tc99 discharges from Sellafield.

Deputy Morgan said:

"As I outlined in my address to a recent roundtable conference on Sellafield in London, which focused on the new developments in relation to reducing TC99 discharges, we will require some convincing as to the veracity of the claims regarding the effectiveness of the TPP process. While the TPP process appears to remove some 90% of technesium 99, Irish people will remain very skeptical for some time to come. Such skepticism is totally justified given the history and record of BNFL to date.

"Given very high levels of TC99 (which has a half life of 214,000 years) being discharged from the facility at Sellafield, Sinn Féin would welcome any reduction of discharges. However, I want to make absolutely clear that Sinn Féin will settle for nothing less than a closure of this environmental monstrosity." ENDS

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