BNFL senior executives await `sweeping review’

At least two more senior executives at British Nuclear Fuels are likely to go in the wake of falsification of quality assurance documentation on fuel manufactured at Sellafield.

BNFL chairman Hugh Collum presented a draft report on proposed management changes at the company to energy minister Helen Liddell last week, following her demand for a `sweeping review’.

Chris Loughlin, BNFL main board director responsible for the Thorp Group at Sellafield, is tipped to leave. The Thorp Group is based around the core reprocessing plant at the site and includes the Mox (mixed oxide) fuel operation at the centre of the scandal.

Loughlin also accompanied former chief executive John Taylor on an abortive mission to Japan in February to regain the confidence of customers and regulators. Taylor was forced to resign shortly afterwards.

Also likely to move is Simon Roberts, the senior manager who was in charge of the Mox Demonstration Facility for most of its operational life.

`They would be the two top names that would have to go as far as I am concerned,’ said one well-placed local source.

There has also been speculation that finance director Ross Chiese will depart, following sharp criticism of the company’s accounts by the Commons’ Industry Committee.

But the DTI said the report would not be released, `because it names names’.

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