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Isle of Man Government informed of Nuclear Authority’s plans for Sellafield’s future 11 May 2007

The top management of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) have held productive talks with Isle of Man Government representatives to discuss their plans for cleaning–up 20 nuclear sites around the UK. A particular focus of the talks was the Sellafield site in Cumbria.

Sir Anthony Cleaver, NDA Chairman, and Dr Ian Roxburgh, NDA Chief Executive, paid a visit to the Island on Wednesday, at the invitation of the Isle of Man Environment Minister, John Shimmin, MHK. The Chairman and Chief Executive were accompanied by Richard Mrowicki, who manages the NDA’s Stakeholder relations. The NDA officials were able to give assurances to Isle of Man Government that they will continue to be consulted regarding all aspects of developments at Sellafield. This is the second time the NDA’s Chairman and Chief Executive have visited the Isle of Man for direct talks with Isle of Man Government. The NDA’s leading figures said they are personally committed to ensuring that the Isle of Man is afforded a high level of consultation and access to the NDA’s senior management, in recognition of us as close neighbours. The NDA Chairman also invited the Environment Minister and other Tynwald members to visit the Sellafield site and see how clean-up operations were being carried out in a safe and environmentally responsible way.

More than half of Tynwald’s members were present to hear Environment Minister John Shimmin inform the NDA of Isle of Man Government’s concerns regarding operational safety at Sellafield, and also the ongoing radioactive pollution of the Irish Sea. In addition, the Environment Minister questioned the NDA on their proposed privatisation of Sellafield’s management, and their long term plans for nuclear waste disposal.

The Minister said:

“I was pleased to hear the senior people in the NDA explain their plans for Sellafield, and also in the wider context for the UK’s other nuclear sites. This meeting with the NDA was a good opportunity to let them know of our concerns about Sellafield. I also mentioned some other nuclear issues on which we take a view, for example the UK’s plans for nuclear waste disposal”
“It remains Isle of Man Government policy to seek the complete closure of Sellafield, in other words to stop all nuclear fuel reprocessing and manufacture, which is the cause of radioactive pollution in the Irish Sea. However, we do still engage in dialogue and offer constructive comments regarding the NDA’s plans, as we fully support their objective of safely decommissioning the Sellafield site”.

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