HMIP's tough line with BNFL prosecution

A further sign that HM Inspectorate of Pollution (HMIP) is taking a tougher approach to enforcement of environmental law came this month when it successfully prosecuted British Nuclear Fuels Ltd (BNFL) for a breach of the Radioactive Substances Act 1960 even though no risk to the public was involved.

The case concerned the disposal of a metal box which had been used to carry uranium pellets to BNFL's Springfield plant. The box, one of a consignment of 70, was not checked before being passed out of the production area. The container eventually found its way to a scrapyard in Liverpool, where it was found to be contaminated with low levels of depleted uranium.

The charge against BNFL was that it had failed to obtain the necessary prior

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