“Sellafield poses a grave threat to our society and environment”, said South Down MP Chris Hazzard.
Chris Hazzard MP has today (23 October) repeated Sinn Féin’s call to close the Sellafield nuclear facility in Cumbria on the Irish Sea immediately, following a chemical incident at the installation on Saturday past.
An incident at Sellafield at the weekend has caused a strong political action in Northern Ireland.
“Sellafield no longer generates energy. It should be closed immediately. Today’s incident follows years of controversy about concerns regarding safety and dangerously low staffing levels.
“Ireland, and South Down in particular, is on the front line of the threat posed by Sellafield.
In line with best practice and established procedures, they alerted the relevant partner agencies and sought advice on managing this material in accordance with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health regulations.
Margaret Ritchie , South Down SDLP Constituency Representative, Calls For Minister To Make Statement.
European Commission must intervene with the British Government in relation to the latest chemical link at Sellafield Nuclear Reprocessing Plant
Margaret Ritchie said: “On last Saturday morning, we were informed of yet another safety risk at Sellafield Nuclear Reprocessing Plant in Cumbria involving chemicals.
“This quickly followed the Panorama programme of 12 months ago which highlighted the ongoing safety risks at this plant; that the workers were exposed to such risks; that such chemical and other leaks of waste material impacted on the local land and sea environment thus affecting wider public.
“Due to the catalogue of security risks and the ongoing radioactive discharges into the Irish Sea from Sellafield over a long period of time, the European Commission must intervene through it’s role with Euratom with the British Government to ensure a full investigation it’s place; that proper technical measures are put in place which would an end to such security risks.
“It is worth bearing in mind that Sellafield has and continues to be the launderer of the world;s radioactive waste. That is unacceptable and has to cease.
“Above all, it is about time the European Commission advised the British Government to close down Sellafield with a proper decommissioning progamme in place., The decommissioning programme that was put in place is acting too slowly and is ineffective.”
Ms Ritchie added: “Furthermore, the Minister with responsibility for Sellafield must go and make a public statement in Parliament today or tomorrow and indicate what measures will be taken working with Euratom to end once and for all such unacceptable practices at Sellafield.
“The public now rightly demand such action”.