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Sellafield magnox reprocessing plant celebrates 50 years

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

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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.

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