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Power Station had a leak for 14 years – operators fined

Posted by Lindy on February 17, 2009

Bradwell Power Station, a MAGNOX station which was closed in 2002 had bean leaking radioactive waste from a sump for 14 years.

Tests showed that the radioactive waste had seeped into soil under the plant and would not spread outside the site, limiting the environmental damage.

Magnox Electric Ltd said it had inherited the faulty sump from previous owner the Central Electricity Generating Board but it was “deeply embarrassed” by its failure to identify the problem.

Martyn Bowyer, for Magnox, told the court: “The contamination has effectively remained within the footprint of the building. There is no significant risk either to workers on the site or, more importantly, to the general public.”



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