Adams calls on government to demand closure of Sellafield
Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams has called on the government to “demand the complete closure of the Cumbria Sellafield nuclear plant.”
His call follows a BBC Panorama report which revealed that radioactive materials have been stored in degrading plastic bottles, that too few staff operate the site, and that there is a real fear of a fire that would create a plume of radiological waste that will go across western Europe.
Teachta Adams said:
“Louth is in the front line of any threat posed by Sellafield. Sinn Féin has repeatedly called on the Irish government to mount a campaign to have it closed and to oppose the construction of other nuclear plants across the Irish Sea.
“While Sellafield may no longer generate energy it is a major nuclear installation with huge amounts of nuclear materials stored on site.
“In 2011 this was the first issue I raised at Leaders Questions with Taoiseach Enda Kenny following the general election. In the previous months there had been another in a long list of contamination incidents at the British plant and two earthquakes had occurred in the north of England, including a 3.6 magnitude earthquake in Cumbria.
“The BBC report revealed that between July 2012 and July 2013 there were 97 incidents where there too few workers available.
“These and the concerns raised in the BBC programme show that Sellafield presents a direct threat to the health and safety of staff and of communities, including the people of Louth.
“The government should now publish in full its 2011 report which concluded there was no health risk from Sellafield but that a severe incident would have an impact on tourism and exports of Irish food.
“It should also mount a vigorous campaign to demand that Sellafield be closed.”