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Friday, 22 August 2014

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Sellafield to be prosecuted over waste disposal incident

LEGAL action has been launched after allegations that four bags of nuclear waste were found in a landfill site.

Sellafield Limited is to be prosecuted over a waste disposal incident, the Environment Agency and Office for Nuclear Regulation confirmed today.

The regulators’ joint action follows an extensive investigation which has led to allegations that the company sent and disposed of four bags of low-level radioactive waste from its site in West Cumbria, to Lillyhall landfill site, in nearby Workington, Cumbria, in 2010.

The company faces nine charges, to be heard before Workington Magistrates Court on  December 12. Eight charges have been brought by the Environment Agency and one charge brought by the Office for Nuclear Regulation.

The Environment Agency charges are brought under the Radioactive Substances Act and Environmental Permitting Regulations, while the Office for Nuclear Regulation charge is brought under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations 2009

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