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Bid to allay Sellafield concerns
BNFL said it is an ongoing process to inform people about the site
Safety officers from the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant say they hope to calm fears over the site at a meeting in the Irish Republic.

Owners of the Cumbrian site, British Nuclear Fuels Ltd, have accepted an invitation to answer questions from people on the east coast of Ireland.

There are fears that radiation from Sellafield may be responsible for poor health in some people there.

BNFL head of safety John Clarke said he will listen to what people have to say.

He said: "We have been invited over by Louth County Council as part of an ongoing programme of dialogue between ourselves and people in the Irish Republic generally and on the coast particularly.

"They have concerns over Sellafield and the potential implications of Sellafield to them and we are very happy to come over and talk to them and try and provide some facts for them."

'Balance emotion'

He said they were going to listen to concerns and provide facts on anything people wanted to raise.

He said: "I think there is a tremendous amount of concern and fear. I think it is unfortunate that a lot of that has been whipped up by some really quite scaremongering stories that have been put about.

"What we are trying to do is to come across and provide people with some facts hopefully so they can draw better informed conclusions."

He said he accepted it was an emotional issue and the company was committed to the process of providing information for a long time.

He said: "Emotion's at the heart of all of this. What we are trying to do is provide facts to try and balance up the emotion.

"But we are not expecting to simply come across here say a few words and everyone one will say 'you're fine'.

"It is a long process."

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