The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Greg Clark visited Sellafield today to see for himself some of its most iconic legacy facilities. Dr Clark was given an insight into the complexities of the Cumbrian nuclear plant, including a rare glimpse inside the First Generation Magnox Storage Pond, one of the most hazardous facilities in Europe. The open-air pond was originally used to store used nuclear fuel from the Magnox reactors, the UK’s first generation of nuclear power stations that generated low-carbon electricity for more than 50 years. Now 66 years old, the FGMSP is one of a number of buildings prioritised for clean-up by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority. Copeland MP Trudy Harrison also met with Dr Clark. She said: “I urged Greg Clark, to work with our community to develop a plan that delivers for West Cumbria. As the centre of nuclear excellence, it is essential that his department recognise our skills and capability to ensure support for Sellafield and Moorside. “It is pretty simple to me; there is a national need for more electricity. The skills we have around Sellafield in design, commissioning, operating a safe nuclear plant, and decommissioning using the most advanced technology are world class, but we lack routes to market.
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