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Nuclear research centre unveiled
Plans are being unveiled for a multi-million pound nuclear research and development centre in Cumbria.

The facility will be based at the West Lakes Science and Technology Park, near Whitehaven and is backed by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA).

The 20m costs are being shared between the NDA and the Dalton Institute, part of Manchester University.

Officials say the facility will boost the area's reputation as a leader in nuclear decommissioning.

'Mammoth task'

NDA chief executive Dr Ian Roxburgh said: "We have been given the task of the safe clean up of Britain's nuclear legacy by government.

"A central element of that task is to understand the impact of decommissioning on our communities and to work with partners to develop the initiatives and skills that will enable those communities to take advantage of the multi-billion pound decommissioning programme."

University of Manchester vice chancellor Alan Gilbert added: "We all recognise that there is a vital and mammoth task ahead in decommissioning existing nuclear sites and making the environment safe for generations ahead.

"Among other things, this involves a major research agenda in which the University of Manchester and its partners are delighted to be engaged."

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