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Monday, August 3, 1998 Published at 20:44 GMT 21:44 UK


Sellafield scare after radiation leak

Sellafield: One of the largest nuclear plants in the world

Part of the nuclear reprocessing plant at Sellafield in Cumbria has been evacuated following a radiation leak.

One person was found to be contaminated with radiation after 72 people were ordered to leave the MOX demonstration facility.

The man is undergoing decontamination treatment but is not thought to be seriously injured.

[ image: High-level waste can remain radioactive for 250,000 years]
High-level waste can remain radioactive for 250,000 years
British Nuclear Fuels say they do not know when the affected area will reopen.

It is not believed that any radiation leaked outside the facility.

Sellafield has been termed "the nuclear dustbin of the world" by environmental campaigners. It has acquired an image that even the most adept public relations managers have found hard to shake off.

European environment ministers agreed on 23 July to reduce nuclear emissions into the sea to "close to zero" as soon as technically possible.

UK Deputy Prime Minster John Prescott hailed the deal as "very good for the environment" and said it would allow Sellafield to remain open.

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