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Radioactive fuel leaves Sizewell

Work to remove the nuclear fuel from the Sizewell A power station in Suffolk has begun.

The first consignment of highly radioactive fuel has been removed from the site and taken to Sellafield in Cumbria for reprocessing.

The fuel is being sent by rail in 48-tonne flasks.

This is the first of about 300 such shipments - it will be between two and three years before the last of the fuel is removed.

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

Sizewell A stopped generating electricity at the end of 2006 and is in the process of being decommissioned.

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