BEIS told to ‘get a grip’ on Sellafield decommissioning

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) must manage work to decommission the UK’s largest and most hazardous nuclear site more effectively, MPs have said

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) must manage work to decommission the UK’s largest and most hazardous nuclear site more effectively, MPs have said.

Launching the House of Commons’ Public Accounts Committee (PAC) highly critical report on Wednesday, chair Geoffrey Clifton-Brown said the department “needs to seriously get a grip”.

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) and Sellafield Ltd have met significant milestones for reducing risk at the site’s most hazardous facilities, the report notes. They have also reduced cost overruns and delays at 14 major projects, such as decommissioning legacy ponds and silos, which have a combined lifetime cost of £6bn or so. Fuel reprocessing at its THORP plant is winding down, too.

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