Regulators at odds over Sellafield discharges

British Nuclear Fuels has applied to the Environment Agency to reduce discharges of technetium-99 from its Sellafield works in response to dramatic increases in radioactive contamination of shellfish in the Irish Sea. But the Ministry of Agriculture (MAFF) has called for a greater reduction - and has backed the case for fitting abatement plant which BNFL says would cost £100 million. And the Irish Government has stepped into the controversy by demanding an immediate halt to the discharges.

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