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How to dismantle a nuclear plant

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The BBC has obtained unprecedented filming access in the area where plutonium for nuclear weapons was produced.

It spent a day with Sellafield's decommissioning manager Euan Hutton as the Cumbrian nuclear plant is ripped apart.

It is the end of the road for British Nuclear Fuels, the monolithic government body that for decades was synonymous with the UK nuclear industry.

On November 24th an international consortium of private companies takes over the running of Sellafield, cleaning up half a century of nuclear waste.

Nuclear Management Partners (NMP) - representing companies from the US, France and the UK - begins a multi-billion pound contract that could turn into the biggest procurement deal signed by the UK government.

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