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£8 million office block opens for Sellafield workers

A major milestone for both Whitehaven and Sellafield was reached today with the opening of an eighteen million pound office block in the town.

Albion Square will eventually have 1,000 Sellafield workers moving in, freeing up space at Sellafield for decommissioning.

A warning that flashing images feature in Lori Carnochan's report.

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Sellafield development to house 1,000 employees

The Albion Square development Credit: ITV News Border

The new Albion Square development, which will house 1,000 Sellafield employees, opens in Whitehaven today.

It's hoped the £18 million project, comprising two four-storey buildings which take up one hundred thousand square feet, will bring more money into the town's economy.

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 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 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.

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.

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