Thursday, September 16, 1999 Published at 11:49 GMT 12:49 UK
UK: Northern Ireland
Nuclear plant under attack from MP
British Nuclear Fuels admits some data was falsified
A Northern Ireland MP has called for the closure of Sellafield Nuclear Plant in Cumbria in England.
The Social Democratic and Labour Party MP Eddie McGrady has said it should shut.
Mr McGrady said: "It is an industry which is riddled with a history of mismanagement, lack of safety record, lack of, in fact, openness.
"It has hidden and indeed falsified records in the past, especially to the governmental commission by Dr Black, the commission on the incidence of leukaemia. They falsified records of workmen exposure to that particular investigation.
The discrepancies were discovered in the production process for MOX fuel, a mixture of uranium and recycled plutonium sold to Japan.
An investigation is now under way.
British Nuclear Fuels admits some data was falsified but said there was no safety implications and that the fuel pellets involved do meet the correct specifications.
'We informed our customers'
Head of operations for MOX fuel, Simon Marshall, said it was their own safety system that found the problem.
"We have nothing to hide on this, we informed the customers what was happening.
"Regrettably it did happen and we will be seeking to put in place measures to prevent a recurrence," he said.