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In this green and pleasant Cumbrian landscape where Wasdale and Eskdale meet the sea there has grown up a vast nuclear complex-Sellafield.
It employs well over 7,000 people and was deliberately sited beyond the western Lakeland mountains because there was thought to be a slight chance it might be dangerous.
The vast site embraces: Britain's first two plutonium producing reactors(now being dismantled), the world's first four commercial nuclear reactors,(all reactors now disused) a defunct AGR reactor, two nuclear fuel reprocessing plants (Thorp and B205 Magnox) , Britain's main plutonium stockpile, a MOX plant that has rarely worked to its specifications and acres of high and intermediate level nuclear waste stores. There is a high probability that industry plans will also excavate a deep underground dump for high level nuclear waste somewhere in the Western Lakes, close to Sellafield.
For a number of years Sellafield had a Visitor Centre that gave a pleasant upbeat view of how Sellafield sees the world.

The "Hot" Environment & Plans in 2009 to make it Hotter!



Top Secret



2017: The North Korean connection.. The British Magnox nuclear plant design which was primarily built as a military plutonium production factory provided the blueprint for the North Korean military plutonium production program too! Here is what a Conservative minister, Douglas Hogg told former Labor MP, Llew Smith, in a written parliamentary reply on 25 May 1994:"We do not know whether North Korea has drawn on plans of British reactors in the production of its own reactors. North Korea possesses a graphite moderated reactor which, while much smaller, has generic similarities to the reactors operated by British Nuclear Fuels plc. However, design information of these British reactors is not classified and has appeared in technical journals."

Lakeland earmarked as most likely site
for UK's nuclear waste caverns

Audit Report on Sellafield 2012

Ecologist Magazine report on BBC4 documentary on Sellafield

In 2009...The local media predicted:A POWER station with up to three nuclear reactors is likely to be built at Sellafield bringing jobs galore – upwards of 10,000 in construction, at least another 3,000 permanent jobs and extra employment in the community. A £70 million land deal, signed, sealed and delivered , paves the way for the jobs bonanza once the government has given final approval and building starts as planned in 2015 – sooner than first thought. By 2017 plans for this Moorside reactors appeared still uncertain.

To find out more about Sellafield, the following web sites may be helpful.

  • Sellafield Sites website
  • Friends of the Earth's web site
  • Cumbrian campaigning group CORE
  • web site for MAFF Fisheries Laboratories which studies Sellafield's sea pollution levels around our coasts
  • West Cumbria Site Stakeholder meetings
  • Russia's version of Sellafield.

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