THE WHITEHAVEN NEWS

THE WHITEHAVEN NEWS



TERRORIST ATTACK THREAT CLAIMS RAISED

Thursday, January 17, 2002

A House of Commons defence committee was sent a report last week that claimed a terrorist attack on Sellafield could render the north of England uninhabitable and release 100 times the radioactivity produced by the nuclear accident at Chernobyl in 1986.

Gordon Thompson, executive director of the Institute for Resource and Security Studies in Cambridge, Massachusetts, America, said he believed that documents from both the nuclear industry and the government showed neither had ever attempted a thorough analysis of the threat or the options for reducing it.

Dr Thompson, who was based in the UK for 10 years and gave evidence at the 1977 Windscale inquiry into reprocessing at Sellafield, raised the possibility of a rogue worker or terrorist infiltrator at Sellafield sabotaging the cooling.

Sellafield's head of environment, health, safety and quality, John Clarke, recently carried out a safety review which said that even an impact by an aircraft would not breach the concrete containment of the highly active waste tanks