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Nuclear Power Station closure a step in the right direction - Morgan

29 June, 2004


Sinn Féin spokesperson on the Environment, Heritage and Local Government Arthur Morgan has welcomed the announcement by the British Nuclear Group of the closure of its Chapelcross power station in the North of England.

Deputy Morgan said

"I welcome the announcement by British Nuclear Group of the closure of its Chapelcross power station.

"I would call on the Minister for Environment, Heritage and Local Government to actively liase with the authorities in Britain to ensure that the British Nuclear Group do everything necessary to ensure the safety of the public, both in Britain and in Ireland, during the defulleing and decommissioning of the station.

"I would also take this opportunity to call on the Minister and the Government to re-intensify their efforts in relation to Sellafield. The continued existence of Sellafield is unacceptable as it still poses an intolerable risk to the health of the people of Ireland, particularly those living along the East coast. It is regrettable that Minister Martin Cullen did not use the opportunity afforded by Ireland's Presidency of the European Union to further efforts to bring about the closure of Sellafield and to work for the progressive realisation of a nuclear-free Europe."

Deputy Morgan was speaking after raising these issues with the Government in the Dáil. ENDS

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