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Generating opposition

Issue No. 2002

One of the areas set for a new nuclear plant is Sellafield in Cumbria. But the nuclear plant already there has generated a lot of opposition.

The Irish government says it is considering legal action to prevent further development of the Sellafield nuclear plant.

A 1957 fire at the plant, which released a radioactive cloud, has been blamed for a cluster of Downs Syndrome babies born to mothers in Dundalk across the Irish Sea.

Martin Forwood, from Cumbrians Opposed to a Radioactive Environment, argues that the plant has been responsible for an increase in thyroid problems in the area.

Some £15 billion will be spent by 2020 just to maintain nuclear power’s current share of British energy production at 20 percent. This is on top of the estimated £70 billion required to clean-up existing sites.

The nuclear waste company Nirex said that the amount of low and intermediate radioactive waste in Scotland would rise from 14,000 cubic metres to 54,000 cubic metres by 2014 and 82,000 cubic metres by 2020.

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Tue 23 May 2006, 17:51 BST
Issue No. 2002
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