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NEWS: Nuclear Leak At Sellafield

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posted on May, 9 2005 @ 09:57 AM
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One part of the Sellarfield nuclear power plant has been closed due to a radioactive leak. The plant was closed after a leaking pipe spilled enough radioactive material to fill a large swimming pool. The leak may take weeks to clean up as the area is so contaminated itis now impossible to enter.
 



www.manchesteronline.co.uk
The Thorp reprocessing plant - one of two plants on the Cumbrian site - was forced to shut after a split pipe leaked enough contaminated liquid to fill a large swimming pool.

Experts may have to build special robots to recover the 20 tonnes of liquid contaminated with uranium and plutonium and fix the pipe at the £2.1bn plant.

The leak is likely to be a financial disaster for the taxpayer as income from the Thorp plant - calculated to be more than £1m a day - is supposed to pay for the clean-up of redundant nuclear facilities.





Please visit the link provided for the complete story.


This is a serious problem for a plant which doesnt exactly have the best track record in the past.

Just last year it was reported that Sellafield 'misplaced' enough material to produce five nuclear weapons.

I live a mere 50 miles from this plant and dont like the thought of nuclear waste being spilled out into the open!

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posted on May, 9 2005 @ 11:29 AM
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Just last year it was reported that Sellafield 'misplaced' enough material to produce five nuclear weapons.


Can you please provide a link to this story?



posted on May, 9 2005 @ 11:30 AM
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Just to be clear, they aren't saying that it leaked into the open, it was an itnernal leak



posted on May, 9 2005 @ 11:40 AM
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wecomeinpeace

Just last year it was reported that Sellafield 'misplaced' enough material to produce five nuclear weapons.

Can you please provide a link to this story?

I think it was this one he meant...
Enough plutonium for five bombs ‘missing’ at Sellafield



posted on May, 9 2005 @ 11:50 AM
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www.abovetopsecret.com...

This is the ATSNN thread on the 'Five Bomb' story!



posted on May, 9 2005 @ 12:13 PM
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Thanks for the links folks.



Just to be clear, they aren't saying that it leaked into the open, it was an itnernal leak


That's true Nygdan, but reading through the story linked by Helmutt, we have this:


The latest criticisms of the nuclear industry come after scientists found the teeth of children in Northern Ireland were con taminated with plutonium from the Sellafield nuclear plant. The research, published earlier this month, found traces of the radio active material in every single milk tooth of 3000 children studied.

Scientists believe leaks and discharges into the sea have put the material into the food chain over recent decades. The day after the research was published, British Nuclear Fuels admitted that “lightly radioactively contaminated” pipes from Sellafield had been washing up on beaches in Northern Ireland.


If the kids have radioactive material in their teeth, that means they have it in their bones, and that means Leukemia rates will jump.

What the hell is going on at that place??



posted on May, 9 2005 @ 12:16 PM
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And here you have it:

www.llrc.org...



posted on May, 10 2005 @ 04:41 AM
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Uh oh, thats just up the coast from here and my grandfather is a pipe fitter there.



posted on May, 10 2005 @ 04:52 AM
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The Thorp reprocessing plant...was forced to shut after a split pipe leaked...

thats just up the coast from here and my grandfather is a pipe fitter there.


My spider-senses are tingling. It was...it was...SUBZ's GRANDFATHER'S FAULT!!
j/k j/k



posted on May, 10 2005 @ 05:03 AM
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hehe yeah I'll be asking some serious questions when he gets back! He's actually in a supervisory role there so he's even more likely to know something about it.



posted on May, 10 2005 @ 07:22 AM
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Sellafield has long been recognised as a major source of birth defects in both the Republic and North of Ireland.
Indeed, a survey of 319 women who were schoolgirls in Dundalk (Irish time not far from Sellafield) during the Windscale diaster in '57 stated that these women had 18 children die and a further 38 born with with serious birth defects, due to Sellafield.

Its about time its closed down, for the sake of everyone.



posted on May, 10 2005 @ 09:31 AM
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These are the countries who shouldnt have nuclear reactors damnit! I bet Iran would be more responsible if they were actually going after energy rather than nukes.



posted on May, 10 2005 @ 03:52 PM
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Sellafield has long been recognised as a major source of birth defects in both the Republic and North of Ireland.



Sellafield is in Cumbria, England!!!



posted on May, 29 2005 @ 01:57 AM
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Sellafield leaked unnoticed for up to nine months!


The Independent: Revealed: huge Sellafield leak went undetected for 9 months

29 May 2005


Full scale disclosed of worst nuclear accident for decade. Catalogue of human error led to massive radioactive discharge. Accident may force ministers to shut troubled plant for good

Tens of thousands of litres of highly radioactive liquid leaked unnoticed for up to nine months from a ruptured pipe in the controversial Thorp reprocessing plant at Sellafield in what the IoS can reveal was Britain's worst nuclear accident for 13 years.

British Nuclear Group, the company that runs the plant, last night admitted that workers failed to respond to "indicators" warning a badly designed pipe had sprung a leak as long ago as last August. The pool of nuclear liquor, 83,000 litres, was eventually discovered on 19 April. The company has ordered a review to check for other potential leaks caused by metal fatigue and an urgent drive against staff "complacency".

Somebody is about to loose their jobs...



posted on May, 29 2005 @ 02:19 AM
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Its about time its closed down, for the sake of everyone.


Unfortunately this would result in West Cumbria becoming even more of an economic wasteground than it already is. Someone once told me that about 50,000 people gain employment either directly or indeirectly from the plant.

Oh, and the bit about losing enough fuel for 5 bombs...apparently, so the local news said at the time, this was an 'accounting' error. In fact a friend who worked at Sellafield (and got sacked for failing a drugs test :@@
said that it wasn't unknown for there to be a surplus of nuclear material when an audit was performed. Perhaps all the radiation reduces one's arithmetic competence!!




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