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New Sellafield owners take over clean up operation

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has taken over the running of the Sellafield site's clean up operation in a non-commercial contract.

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has taken over the running of the site from today. Credit: British Nuclear Group/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The site had been owned by private sector consortium Nuclear Management Partners (NMP) which was previously criticised for large overspends and long delays.

The change will allow Sellafield Ltd to progress its hazard and risk reduction and decommissioning, in order to deliver it more efficiently.

WATCH: "Most significant stride ever" in Sellafield clean-up

Sellafield Ltd says it's taken its "most significant stride ever" in the 100 year mission to clean up the nuclear site.

Workers have removed historic nuclear fuel rods from the site's waste ponds cutting radioactivity levels in them by over two thirds. The operation has also brought forward the projected date for draining the pools completely by around twenty years. Ryan Dollard reports.

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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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