Arriving at Sellafield today to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Windscale Fire, CORE campaigners (and media) were somewhat dumbfounded by the mysterious re-emergence of the memorial plaque whose loss had recently been confirmed in a letter from Sellafield Ltd. Without any explanation of the plaque’s reappearance still hard to come by, its return – albeit lacking some TLC and not in its original position against the site’s perimeter fence – is widely welcomed and allowed today’s ceremony to go ahead as in previous years. Whilst there is now no need to take up Sellafield’s offer of a replacement, CORE will seek the company’s co-operation in fashioning a more secure fixing for the plaque in a permanent position out of harm’s way.
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Monday outside the Springfields Nuclear Fuel Manufacturing plant to remember the Windscale Fire, the first major nuclear disaster in the UK. Springfields Near Preston is where the diabolic nuclear fuel was made and is still being made.
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Today marks the 60th anniversary of the Windscale fire – the worst nuclear accident in British history. On Thursday, October 10 1957, the 400ft pile at the Windscale works caught fire and burned for three days. The twin Windscale piles had been producing plutonium in top secret as part of Britain’s atomic bomb project.
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A robot has been sent into Sellafield’s most hazardous nuclear waste store for the first time. The Avexis will help dislodge and clear waste from the Magnox Swarf Storage Silo, Sellafield Sites announced today. The Magnox Swarf Storage Silo was built in Cumbria, England in the 1960s to store waste from the UK’s earliest nuclear reactors. It closed in 2000 and has now been prioritised for clean-up by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority. It is the first time a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) has been deployed inside the building. Sellafield Sites said. The robot – which can ‘see’ inside the silo via cameras attached to its body and also clear away small bits of waste clinging to the silo wall – was developed by Cumbrian firm Forth Engineering with support from the University of Manchester. Maryport-based Forth Engineering specialises in remote tooling, deployment methods, and sensor systems.
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