Work has begun to dismantle a giant chimney at the scene of Britain’s worst nuclear accident. The first blocks of concrete have been removed from the 360ft (110m) structure, which has towered above what is now Sellafield for almost 70 years. Workers using a specially-built 500ft (152m) crane are cutting out six-tonne concrete slabs with diamond wire saws. In 1957 the chimney captured radioactive dust after a fire at the then Windscale nuclear reactor. The first section of the Windscale Pile One chimney to go is the square-shaped “diffuser” at the top – mockingly referred to as “Cockroft’s Folly” after designer Sir John Cockroft – which will disappear by 2022. Stuart Latham, head of remediation at Sellafield Ltd, said: “This is a huge step in our clean-up mission at Sellafield, so everyone is incredibly proud to see the first blocks safely removed.
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