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Nuclear college to be based in Cumbria

Sellafield Ltd will work with the new college. Credit: PA

A new £15 million nuclear college will be based at two hubs - in Cumbria and Somerset.

The National College for Nuclear is set to open its doors in late 2017, and aims to train the next generation of workers in the nuclear sector.

The Cumbrian hub will be opened at Lakes College in Workington, and will work with Sellafield Ltd and the University of Cumbria.

The announcement means that work will now begin on developing the curriculum which will help to train the next generation of nuclear workers.

It is expected that new qualifications will be available in 2017 that reflect the needs of the nuclear sector and address the skills challenge facing the industry and its supply chain.

– Colin Reed, Sellafield Ltd Human Resources Director

NuGen apologises to Mirehouse residents

A number of public meetings took place on Wednesday evening addressing concerns over the impact a new power station in West Cumbria might have on nearby houses.

The meetings were held after 1600 people living in and around Whitehaven, received letters giving the impression their homes will be compulsory purchased to make way for the Moorside project.

Nuclear Company NuGen has since apologised and says not all properties will be affected.

Kate Walby was in West Cumbria last night:

Radioactivity levels cut by 70% at Sellafield fuel pond

Sellafield nuclear site Credit: PA

Sellafield say that work to clear up the last of nuclear fuel at the Pile Storage Pond has meant a reduction in radioactivity levels by 70 per cent.

The removal of fuel from the 68-year-old pond is part of Sellafield's 100 year mission to clean up the nuclear site- which is the most complex site in the UK.

The fuel has been transferred to a modern storage building, with the company saying it's now much safer for the public and environment.

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New nuclear waste machine arrives at Sellafield

It was transferred through Beckermet. Credit: ITV Border

Part of a machine which will play a crucial role cleaning up the most hazardous building at Sellafield has arrived on site.

The 50-tonne component was transferred three miles by road from Beckermet.

It will retrieve radioactive waste from the Magnox Swarf Storage facility.

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