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Opposition group forms against nuclear store plans

Plans had previously been announced for an underground nuclear waste store in Cumbria Credit: PA

A new organisation has been formed to oppose plans for an underground nuclear waste store in Cumbria.

In January, Cumbria County Council voted against taking the idea any further.

However, the Government has announced that a new process will begin - and that would allow district councils to make the decision.

The Cumbria Trust was formed today and its members include Eddie Martin - the former leader of the County Council.

Sellafield management company seals five year deal

The company that oversees the running of the Sellafield nuclear plant in west Cumbria has been given the go-ahead to run the site for another five years.

Nuclear Management Partners won the contract in 2008 and have made vast changes to the decommissioned site.

However, they have also been severely criticised for the way they spend money.

Samantha Parker has been at the plant today:

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"The task at Sellafield is unprecedented"

The chairman of the consortium running the Sellafield nuclear site has described the task of the running of the site as "unprecedented."

Nuclear Management Partners today announced its intention to continue the management of the site until at least 2019.

“The task at Sellafield is unprecedented.

"We have learnt an enormous amount about the challenges of the site and the areas that we need to focus on looking forward.

"We believe we are well placed to build on our progress to date and deliver improved performance in the next period.”

– Tom Zarges, Chairman of Nuclear Management Partners

Government "supports decision" to extend Sellafield contract

The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change, Baroness Verma, has released a statement expressing the Government's support for Nuclear Management Partners' extension of its management contract at Sellafield.

“Sellafield remains the Government’s top priority in our nuclear decommissioning programme.

"We support this decision to extend the contract which will build on skills and expertise at the site and the progress made so far.”

– Baroness Verma

Nuclear Decommissioning Authority announces Sellafield contract extension

It has been announced today that the consortium running the Sellafield nuclear site will be allowed to continue its role.

Nuclear Management Partners had been accused of mismanagement and wasting public money earlier this year.

However, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has announced that the consortium will have its contract extended for a second five year period.

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Full Report: Cancer report on nuclear areas

Living next to a nuclear plant was does not increase the risk of childhood leukaemia according to the findings of a report out today.

A possible link was highlighted in a television programme in the 1980s which prompted inquiries into cases of leukaemia in Seascale near the Sellafield planet, known then as Windscale.

Then as now, no firm link was found, so today's news has come as a reassurance to people living in the village.

Watch Samantha Parker's report in full below.

"We find no evidence that there is a risk to children who live near a nuclear power plant"

Children living near nuclear power plants like Sellafield are not at greater risk of contracting leukaemia according to research in the British Journal of Cancer.

There have been suggestions of a link for the last thirty years.

Researchers studied 10,000 leukaemia cases over 40 years across the UK and found there was no apparent link with nearby nuclear sites.

Cancer charity welcomes report's findings

The charity Cancer Research UK has welcomed the findings of an investigation by the British Journal of Cancer, which concluded that there was no apparent extra risk of children developing cancers like leukaemia if they lived near a nuclear power plant.

“It's heartening that this study supports the findings of the Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment (COMARE), that being born or living near a nuclear power station doesn't lead to more cases of leukaemia and similar cancers in children under five in the UK.

"But these results can't rule out any possible risk, so it's still important that we continue to monitor both radiation levels near nuclear power plants and rates of cancer among people who live close by.”

– Hazel Nunn, Cancer Research UK’s head of health information

"No correlation" between nuclear power plants and cancer in children

The lead researcher on a project that investigated whether children living or born close to nuclear power sites were more likely to develop cancers like leukaemia has said that there is "no correlation" between the circumstances.

"The incidence of childhood leukaemia near nuclear installations in Great Britain has been a concern ever since the 1980s when an excess of cancer in young people near Sellafield was reported in a television programme.

"Since then, there have been conflicting reports in the UK and Europe as to whether there is an increased incidence of childhood cancer near nuclear power plants.

"Our case-control study has considered the birth records for nearly ever case of childhood leukaemia born in Britain and, reassuringly, has found no such correlation with proximity to nuclear power plants."

– Dr John Bithell, honorary research fellow at the Childhood Cancer Research Group and lead author on the study
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