in a surprise move this week the Irish and Danish governments demanded that BNFL halt reprocessing at its Sellafield site in Cumbria.
The calls came at the meeting in Copenhagen of officials from the 16 signatory countries to the Ospar Commission on protection of the north-east Atlantic marine environment. Ireland is seeking an immediate and permanent ban, while Denmark is asking for a suspension.
The demands follow publication last week of the UK government’s draft strategy for reducing radioactive discharges over the next 20 years. They will cast further doubt over the future of reprocessing at Sellafield, following the German government’s recent decision to halt all nuclear transports in 2005.
A BNFL spokesman said that the German decision should not interfere with existing contracts and that the company was confident it would be able to resume shipments from Germany by the late summer.
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