The world’s oldest nuclear waste store – the Pile Fuel Cladding Silo at Sellafield, England – has been cut open for the first time, Sellafield Ltd and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority announced yesterday. Built in the 1950s when the site’s purpose was to make material for nuclear weapons, the silo is a locked vault that was “never designed to be opened”, they said. One hole is to be cut at the top of each of the facility’s six compartments, allowing access to the waste within the silo’s walls for the first time in 65 years. Steven Carroll, head of the Pile Fuel Cladding Silo, said: “The level of challenge involved with this facility is unparalleled, considering the age of the building, the lack of historical information about the waste itself, the atmosphere inside the silo and its position on one of the most congested sites, anywhere in the world.
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Workers at the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant in Cumbria are to vote on taking strike action in a dispute over pay. Around 2,000 craft and staff members of union Unite will take part in a ballot from Wednesday, 13 September. Unite has called Sellafield Ltd’s offer of a 1.5% pay award from this month, backdated to 01 April, as “completely unacceptable”.
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