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Wednesday, 18 September, 2002, 12:52 GMT 13:52 UK
Tourism fears after nuclear row
Nuclear waste returns to Cumbria
Tourism bosses fear visitors will stay away
Tourism bosses in Cumbria fear publicity surrounding returned radioactive waste will hit visitor numbers.

The county is still recovering from the Foot and Mouth epidemic and a recent outbreak of Legionnaires Disease.

Now the boss of the Cumbria Tourist Board says she is "edgy and concerned" after two ships returned radioactive plutonium from Japan.

The vessels docked in Barrow-in-Furness on Tuesday and the waste was returned to the Sellafield nuclear plant.

Chris Collier
Chris Collier: Concerned at visitor numbers

Chris Collier, chief executive of the board, said: "We are always slightly edgy and concerned about anything negative.

"There seems to have been a lot of negative images of Cumbria that have gone around the world recently and yet another one isn't helpful."

Television viewers all over the world saw containers of radioactive plutonium fuel, which were rejected by Japan, embarrassingly arrive back at Sellafield.

Armed police watched as five tons of plutonium mixed oxide fuel (MOX) were lifted by a crane off the nuclear freighter Pacific Pintail, docked in Barrow-in-Furness, on to a waiting train on Tuesday.

Ms Collier added: "It is certainly not helpful to have this kind of upset.

"But there is some research which suggests that many visitors are intrigued and will still come.

"However, the same research also says that while some people will still visit the county, they won't want to live here."


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