Sellafield has been fined £700,000 for sending bags of radioactive waste to a landfill site in Cumbria. The bags containing waste such as plastic, tissues and clothing were sent to Lillyhall landfill site in Workington in April 2010.
The bags should have been sent to a specialist facility. Sellafield found the error was caused by the wrong configuration of a new monitor which passed the bags as "general" waste making them exempt from strict disposal controls.
This breached the conditions of Sellafield's environmental permit and the Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations.