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Friday, 18 February, 2000, 06:00 GMT
BNFL 'should end nuclear reprocessing'

Sellafield protest Sellafield has long been a target for green groups


Environmental groups are calling on British Nuclear Fuels Limited to abandon reprocessing in the light of the revelations about faked safety tests at Sellafield.


Removing one or two people from the top would not make any difference at all. That would be like moving deckchairs on the Titanic
Peter Roche of Greenpeace
Pete Roche, nuclear campaigner for Greenpeace, called on BNFL to move towards decommissioning and "cleaning up" work at nuclear installations across the world.

He said the dismissal of senior executives would not address the real problem.

"Removing one or two people from the top would not make any difference at all. That would be like moving deckchairs on the Titanic.

"BNFL should move towards the decommissioning and cleaning-up of nuclear installations and give up on reprocessing.

"There is plenty of work for them all across the world cleaning up and decommissioning and immobilising plutonium rather than turning it into fuel."

BNFL facing choice

Friends of the Earth (FoE) said it too believed BNFL needed to change its core business.

Dr Patrick Green, senior nuclear campaigner at FoE, said: "This is a damning indictment of a management culture that has led to the aggravation of problems rather than solving them.

"British Nuclear Fuels now faces a choice - it can either continue down its existing path, which will lead to the creation of more radioactive waste and more problems and ultimately its business will fail.

"Or it can start to reconstitute itself and turn itself into a centre of excellence for nuclear waste management, decommissioning and clean up."


I don't believe that this culture of mismanagement will be confined simply to the Mox plant - that is the concern for us when you have some other very important and very dangerous plants operating at Sellafield
Martin Forwood of Cumbrians Opposed to a Radioactive Environment
Martin Forwood, campaign coordinator for Cumbrians Opposed to a Radioactive Environment, said he was worried other plants at Sellafield, not just the one dealing with mixed oxide (Mox) fuel rods, were also being mismanaged.

"I don't believe that this culture of mismanagement will be confined simply to the Mox plant - that is the concern for us when you have some other very important and very dangerous plants operating at Sellafield," he said.

"If we have the same kind of cavalier attitude towards management from BNFL then I think we should be extremely worried."

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