Changing the space of Sellafield

Since decommissioning work began in 2007, 100 buildings have now been demolished at the Cumbrian nuclear plant.

Sellafield: A Fact File

As safety concerns are raised at West Cumbria's nuclear site at Sellafield, we take a look at some interesting facts surrounding the plant.

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Investigation launched after man dies at Sellafield

An investigation has been launched after the sudden death of a man at Sellafield.

It is unclear exactly how the man died, but police have said that they do not believe there are any suspicious circumstances.

Cumbria Police were called to the nuclear plant just after 10am yesterday, Monday 18 August.

The man died while working in a non-radiological area of the site

New nuclear plan launched after Cumbria rejects bid

The Government has launched a new long term plan to deal with the UK's radioactive waste, after plans to put it in Cumbria were rejected a year ago.

The Sellafield nuclear site was previously considered as a possible site for the underground storage
The Sellafield nuclear site was previously considered as a possible site for the underground storage Credit: ITV Border

Cumbria County Council turned down plans to build a 12 billion pounds underground nuclear waste store in our region last year.

Under today's new strategy, the Government will survey the whole country to find out where would be most suitable to store the waste.

The survey will take two years to complete.

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'No evidence' of increased cancer risk

"For many years, there have been concerns over the potential raised cancer risk among people -particularly children - who live near nuclear installations. This study found that children, teenagers and young adults living close to Sellafield...are no longer at an increased risk of developing cancer.

"Furthermore, there is no evidence of any increased risk of cancer later in life for those who were born near these power plants."

– Kathryn Bunch, Lead author from University of Oxford

Reassurance over nuclear plant power risk

A study into the affects of living near nuclear plants has found that children are not any more likely to develop cancer than other children who don't live close to such sites.

The study by the Childhood Cancer Research Group at theUniversity of Oxford and from Newcastle University looked at cancer rates between 1963 and 2006 in those, under the age of 25, living near Sellafield.

Researchers say no difference was found between those living near the power plants and the general population.

No heightened cancer risk for Sellafield children

Children living near Sellafield are not more likely to develop cancer
Children living near Sellafield are not more likely to develop cancer Credit: PA

New research released today by scientists at Oxford and Newcastle universities says children living near the Sellafield nuclear site are not at an increased risk of developing cancer - compared to children in other parts of Britain.

For years people living near the nuclear plant have claimed there have been clusters of child leukaemia caused by the nuclear emissions.

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Former workers recall glory days of Magnox plant

It's 50 years since the start of operations at the Magnox reprocessing plant at Sellafield in Cumbria.

The plant opened in 1964 and to date, it has reprocessed 52 thousand tonnes of radioactive waste from Magnox power stations in the UK.

Thousands of people have worked there, it now employs around 400.

To mark the facility's 50th birthday, 50 former workers were invited along, including one engineer who was there on the very first day it opened.

Our cameras were allowed in for the first time in half a century. Matthew Taylor reports.

Magnox plant has been 'safely run for 50 years'

The plant was built in 1964
The Sellafield magnox reprocessing plant was built in 1964 Credit: Sellafield Ltd

It's 50 years since the Sellafield magnox reprocessing plant began operating.

In that time, the West Cumbrian facility has reprocessed more than 50,000 tonnes of spent nuclear fuel. It will reprocess a further 3,000 tonnes before it closes in six years time.

Staff work to produce uranium and plutonium for making nuclear power
Staff work to produce uranium and plutonium for making nuclear power Credit: Sellafield Ltd

It produces uranium and plutonium which could be reused in making nuclear power in the future.

Opponents of nuclear energy have criticised the amount of discharges from the plant over the years but Sellafield Ltd, which runs the operation, said it has been "safely run for 50 years."

50 years of Sellafield reprocessing plant

It's 50 years since the Sellafield magnox reprocessing plant began operating.

In that time, the West Cumbrian facility has reprocessed more than 50,000 tonnes of spent nuclear fuel.

It will reprocess a further 3,000 tonnes before it closes in six years' time.

The plant separates spent fuel rods into plutonium and uranium which could be reused in power station in the future.

Safety hat trick for Sellafield team

The Evaporator D project team. Credit: Sellafield Ltd

A team from Sellafield Ltd are celebrating a million hours without an employee injuring themselves.

It is the third time the team has reached a million hours without an employee accident which would result in the person having to take a day off work.

Project manager Dan Priebe says it is a 'significant achievement'. The team have spent 12 months working on the delivery and installation of 'the largest module ever to be delivered to the Sellafield site, the massive Evaporator module'.

Dan Priebe went on to say, 'this is clear demonstration of the team’s commitment to maintaining our impressive safety standards and reflects well on the continued success of a strong safety culture throughout the year.'

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