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Warning over Sellafield waste plans.

Posted 7th November 2012.

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Sellafield’s plans to replace ageing nuclear waste facilities that pose “significant risks” to the population face “considerable” uncertainty, a public spending watchdog warned today.

The problems of nuclear power have gone not away despite more than half a century of use in Britain.

Sellafield is the UK’s largest and most hazardous nuclear site.

Owners of the Cumbrian nuclear power station do not know how long it will take to build storage and treatment centres for the hazardous material or how much the final bill is likely to be, according to the National Audit Office (NAO).

For more than 50 years operators failed to plan how to dispose of the radioactive waste and some of the older facilities have “deteriorated so much that their contents pose significant risks to people and the environment”, the report said.

Progress in 12 of the 14 major buildings and equipment projects considered “critical” for reducing risk, which range in cost from £21 million to £1.3 billion, failed to achieve what they were supposed to and had not provided good value for money, the NAO said.

Its report found there “is still considerable uncertainty in the schedules and costs” of the projects.

A long-term plan to clean up the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority-owned site, which is managed by Sellafield Limited, was agreed last year after an earlier one stalled because it was “unrealistic”.

Sellafield, the UK’s largest and most hazardous nuclear site, stores enough high and intermediate level radioactive waste to fill 27 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

The highest risks are posed by the ponds and silos built during the 1950s and 1960s to store fuel for early reprocessing operations and radioactive waste, according to the report.

Margaret Hodge, who chairs the public accounts committee, said: “Projects of this length and ambition are ripe for dithering and delay.

“I am dismayed to discover the clean-up of Sellafield is no different. The authority’s revised plan sees critical milestones shunted back by up to seven years.

“After only 10 months of operating under the new plan, performance in 12 out of 14 major projects has been dire.

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