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Sellafield to be prosecuted for sending radioactive waste to wrong disposal site via the guardian

Environment Agency takes nuclear firm to court after waste went to landfill instead of Drigg site

Sellafield has pleaded guilty to sending several bags of radioactive waste to the wrong facility, according to the Office for Nuclear Regulation.

The nuclear power company admitted sending four bags of mixed general waste to the Lillyhall landfill site in Workington, Cumbria, in April 2010.

The bags, which contained waste such as plastic, tissues and clothing, should have gone to the low level waste repository, at Drigg.

Sellafield Limited said the error was caused by a new monitor which had passed the bags as “general” waste, making them exempt from strict disposal controls.

All of the original four bags were retrieved from the landfill and returned for correct disposal.

[...]The company is being prosecuted by the agency and the Office for Nuclear Regulation. Sentencing will take place at Carlisle crown court on 8 March.

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