The consortium overseeing the clean up of waste at Sellafield nuclear site has failed to meet taxpayer demand and the National Audit Office should review the management of the site, MPs have said.
The American-led management were accused of failing to train and keep staff to the detriment of the project, as well as planning a future for the site which "doesn't make sense".
– Chair of the Public Accounts Committee Margaret Hodge
We are not confident taxpayers' interests are being protected in the contractual relationships between the private companies involved in managing and operating the Sellafield site.
The Authority has not properly explained how it is going to deal with the large stock of plutonium stored at a cost of around £40 million a year.
It wants to build a 'MOX' plant for converting plutonium into fuel for nuclear power stations - but no UK power stations can use this fuel.
The cost of building and operating a MOX plant would be more than the value of the fuel produced. It just doesn't make sense.