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British government in the dock over Sellafield failures

3 September, 2004


Sinn Fein Environment, South Down MLA Willie Clarke has welcomed the European Commission decision to begin legal proceedings in the European Court of Justice against the British Government for their failure to comply with strict EU inspection rules on nuclear waste.

Mr Clarke said:

"It is no surprise that the British government has failed to comply with strict EU inspection rules on nuclear waste. The decision of the European Commission decision to begin legal proceedings in the European Court of Justice against the British Government is a small but significant step in the campaign to close Sellafield.

"Hopefully this legal action against the British Government owned Sellafield nuclear facility can now be the catalyst for the permanent closure of the plant.

"The British Government have ignored the overwhelming evidence that has been amassed over the last number of years that Sellafield poses a very real threat to the health and well being of people not just on the west coast of England but also poses a significant threat to people living on eastern Irish seaboard.

"The fact that EU inspectors who went to inspect the plant were unable to gain access to it due to high levels of radiation and poor visibility levels is very serious.

"The European Commission decision represents a small victory for those both sides of the Irish sea who oppose the unsafe nuclear plant at Sellafield. The Irish Government have a responsibility to challenge the British Government over its refusal to close what is the most dangerous and unstable nuclear facility in Western Europe." ENDS

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