Greenpeace prepares legal challenge as THORP row escalates

Greenpeace and the Government are on a collision course over the need for a public inquiry into BNFL's thermal oxide reprocessing plant (THORP) in Sellafield, Cumbria. The Government has launched a second round of consultation into the economics and justification for THORP - at the same time as dismissing these issues as "not relevant" and failing to carry out a cost-benefit analysis required by international radiological protection principles to which it subscribes. Greenpeace has condemned the consultation as a sham, and intends to seek a judicial review of the Government's policy.

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