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Reactors shut-down at Sizewell A
Sizewell A
Returning the site to brown or green filed status could take 100 years
One of Britain's oldest nuclear power stations has finally shut down after generating electricity for the national grid for more than 40 years.

The government gave the go-ahead to decommission the Sizewell A nuclear reactors in Suffolk earlier this year.

Magnox Electric - which runs the facility - is now set to dismantle it.

The buildings, plant and equipment from the sites will all be removed but it could take up to a 100 years before the areas are declared clean for new uses.

Spent nuclear fuel will be sent to Sellafield in Cumbria over the next two years.

The nuclear power station Sizewell B is set to continue operating for at least another 10 years.


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