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Irish MEP to raise Sellafield revelations with EU Commissioner

7 September, 2016 - by Matt Carthy MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy has called for the closure of the Sellafield nuclear plant in Britain’s Cumbria coast.

Shocking revelations by the BBC Panorama on Monday evening showed dangerous, radioactive material stored in degrading plastic bottles.

It also revealed that there is a lack of workers on the Sellafield site, and major risks of a major radioactive fire with devastating consequences right across western Europe.

Matt Carthy said:

“Sellafield, which is a dirty word in Ireland, a nuclear free country, is now a threat to all of Europe.

“It must be closed and there should be a halt to the construction of any further nuclear power plants near the Irish Sea.

“The east coast of Ireland, particularly counties Louth and Meath, would be very directly threatened by any accident or fire at Sellafield.

“There has already been a long list of contamination incidents at Sellafield which is a grave threat to the health of citizens, not just in Britain itself but in Ireland and other European countries.

“Clearly the Irish Government must confront their British counterparts on this issue.

“Sellafield must be closed and we need to see concerted political action, especially 
by the Irish Government but also at a European level to this end.

“I intend to raise the Sellafield issue, and in particular the latest disturbing revelations, with EU Environment Commissione, Karmenu Vellaat the earliest opportunity.”

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