Sellafield admit disposing radioactive waste at wrong site

Sellafield Nuclear Plant Sellafield Limited admitted sending waste to a landfill site in Workington

Sellafield nuclear firm has pleaded guilty to sending bags of low-level radioactive waste to a landfill site.

Sellafield Limited admitted sending four bags from its plant to Lillyhall landfill in Workington in April 2010.

The bags, which contained waste such as plastic, wood and metal, should have been sent to the Low Level Waste Repository, at Drigg.

Tests by the Environment Agency (EA) have since established there was no contamination at the landfill site.

The company will be sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court on 8 March.

All four of the bags were retrieved from the landfill and returned to Sellafield for correct disposal.

Sellafield said the error was caused by a new monitor which had passed the bags as "general" waste making them exempt from strict disposal controls.

The company is being prosecuted by the EA and the Office for Nuclear Regulation.

Ian Parker, nuclear regulation manager for the EA, said: "This work of decommissioning and clean-up of the site is a national priority.

"We will continue to work with Sellafield Ltd, fellow regulators and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority to ensure that, in meeting this challenge, Sellafield Ltd maintains high standards of environmental performance to protect people and the environment."

More on This Story

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Cumbria



15 °C 11 °C

Features & Analysis

  • Cerro RicoSatanic mines

    Devil worship in the tunnels of the man-eating mountain

  • Nefertiti MenoeWar of words

    The woman who sparked a row over 'speaking white'

  • Oil pumpPump change

    What would ending the US oil export ban do to petrol prices?

  • Brazilian Scene, Ceara, in 1893Sir Snapshot

    19th Century Brazil seen through the eyes of an Englishman

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • SailingGame on

    BBC Capital discovers why certain sports seem to have a special appeal for those with deep pockets


  • Prof Piot, the first person to indentify Ebola virusHARDtalk Watch

    Ebola expert warns travellers could spread the disease further if it is not contained

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.