Leaked Sellafield photos reveal ‘massive radioactive release’ threat

Cumbria Trust has for some time, been demanding that more money be spent on decreasing the “intolerable risk” (Margaret Hodge MP) since the National Audit Office produced its report back in November 2012. The Ecologist has published an article recently which included very clear photographs of the state of the storage ponds which show:

“Dilapidated nuclear waste storage ponds abandoned 40 years ago containing hundreds of tonnes of fuel rods pose an immediate danger to public safety… fuel and sludge in the ponds could spontaneously ignite if exposed to air, spreading intense radiation over a wide area.”

Sellafield B30 Pond

” The images from an anonymous source, show the state of spent nuclear fuel storage ponds that were commissioned in 1952, and used until the mid-1970’s as short term storage for spent fuel until it could be re-processed, producing plutonium for military use.”

“The fuel storage ponds, the largest measuring 20m wide, 150m long and 6m deep, are now completely packed with spent fuel in disastrously poor condition.”

Is the national press subject to some form of gagging order over this issue?

Is “The Ecologist” is the only publication brave enough to expose the truth behind the PR facade at Sellafield?

In line with our thoughts on bridge building with the Sellafield workforce:

“Cumbria Trust will continue in its campaign for secure interim storage on the Sellafield site. Governments of all parties have neglected this issue for decades, believing their ambition for deep burial meant that storage could be all but ignored.  It cannot. Much of this waste cannot be buried until well into the next century.  Some of the waste from new build nuclear power will be too hot to bury until the 2200s. It is grossly irresponsible to place the Sellafield workforce and the Cumbrian population at this intolerable risk.

Significant new investment, beyond that already planned, is needed on the Sellafield site immediately. Whether or not a geological disposal facility is eventually built in the UK, we cannot afford to ignore the huge risk posed by the existing material at Sellafield.


Read the original “Ecologist” article here.