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Nuclear clean-up reaches landmark

Chapelcross work
Clean-up operations are proceeding on schedule at Chapelcross

Decommissioning work at a Scottish nuclear plant remains on schedule after its 1,000th fuel rod was removed.

More than 38,000 spent elements have to be taken from the Chapelcross site near Annan for reprocessing at the nearby Sellafield plant in Cumbria.

An increase in transport container capacity means the total number of journeys required may be reduced.

It is hoped all the rods can be removed from the Dumfries and Galloway plant by the end of 2011.

It is part of the £800m decommissioning process at the Annan site which ceased energy production five years ago.

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