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Sellafield Ltd have said they 'regret' dumping five bags of low level radio active waste at a landfill site at Workington and that they 'accept responsibility' for the incident.
Today the company lost their high court appeal against a £700,000 fine imposed last year.
Lord Thomas said that Sellafield deserved very considerable credit for the guilty pleas made at the first available opportunity and the very considerable co-operation it displayed after the discovery of the failures.
In considering the appeal, the court also took into account its previous offences.
The court had regard to its turnover of £1.6 billion - or £30.7 million per week - and its annual profit of £29m - or £560,000 per week.
Lord Thomas said It was clear that viewed in the light of those financial circumstances, a fine of £700,000 after a guilty plea was a fine which reflected a case where the culpability was moderate, the actual harm in effect nil and the risk of harm very low.
Sellafield ltd has lost its appeal against fines levied against them last year.
In February, the company was fined £700,000 for sending bags of radioactive waste to a landfill site.
The bags, which contained waste such as plastic, tissues and clothing, should have been sent to a specialist facility that treats and stores low-level radioactive waste, but a number of management and operational failings led to them being sent to Lillyhall landfill site in Workington, Cumbria.
Today, the Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas, sitting in the Court of Appeal with Mr Justice Mitting and Mrs Justice Thirlwall, said there were no grounds for criticising the level of fines imposed.