Agency looks to Ministers to rule on Sellafield hot potato

The Environment Agency has concluded that a controversial plant to manufacture mixed oxide (MOX) nuclear fuel at Sellafield is economically justified. But because BNFL had already built the plant, the assessment did not take into account the £300 million capital cost - an absurdity which has led the Agency to call for a change in legislation to require applications to be submitted prior to construction work. Anti-nuclear groups have threatened a legal challenge if Ministers approve the plant - but scrapping it could scupper plans to privatise BNFL.

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