Copeland MP and Shadow Health Minister Jamie Reed has responded to the report of National Audit Office'Managing Risk Reduction at Sellafield'. He said:
"There is nothing new in this report that observers of UK nuclear policy will not be aware of. Where criticisms regarding the speed of progress is made, they are largely deserved and for the most part fair, but they are not new and nobody understands them better than the Sellafield workforce and the NDA.
"It is essential to recognise that is is safe and secure and the historical liabilities are overwhelmingly due to our military nuclear weapons programme rather than our civil nuclear programme.
“This report underlines the need to effectively expedite the decisions needed for long-term waste disposal and the development of a deep underground repository. This will be of crucial importance in establishing robust and predictable clean up costs.
"The report also highlights the critical role of the NDA in holding NMP and Sellafield Ltd to account and I know under John Clarke's leadership, this will happen and progress will continue to be driven."
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