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Ireland seeks injunction to prevent opening of new fuel plant at Sellafield

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 03 November 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:1026
  1. Doug Payne
  1. Dublin

    The Irish government is intensifying its multipronged attack on the United Kingdom's plans to open a mixed-oxide (MOX) nuclear fuel production plant at Sellafield.

    It moved to forge a wider alliance with its Nordic counterparts during a conference of Nordic environment ministers in Copenhagen earlier this week. The activity is a separate but parallel action to arbitration proceedings started in June under the OSPAR convention (the Oslo/Paris accord governing protection of marine environments in the north east Atlantic).

    The proposed plant at Sellafield would reprocess “weapons-grade” plutonium and uranium into MOX fuels for use in nuclear power reactors. The separated material would come from spent fuel that is reprocessed mainly in BNFL's thermal oxide reprocessing plant (THORP), also located at the Sellafield site.

    Last week the Irish government also launched an …

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