Tribunal rules against Ireland on access to information on MOX plant

In the first substantive decision of an arbitration tribunal established under the 1992 Ospar Convention on the protection of the marine environment of the North-East Atlantic, Ireland has lost a claim against the UK for access to the economic reports commissioned during the approval process for the MOX nuclear fuel reprocessing plant at Sellafield. By a 2-1 majority, the tribunal held that the reports did not fall within the Convention's definition of information. But a powerful dissenting opinion argued that the concept should be given a more generous interpretation in the light of contemporary international developments on access to environmental information.

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