THE WHITEHAVEN NEWS

THE WHITEHAVEN NEWS



BNFL REJECTS CALL OVER DIRECTOR

Wednesday, March 27, 2002

BNFL has rejected Liberal Democrat demands for its latest 20,000 a year non-executive director to stand down from the job because of his environmental links.

Scotsman Jim Currie recently left the European Commission after being director-general of the environment department for the past four years.

Environmentalists claim it is a gamekeeper-turned-poacher move, suggesting that the nuclear industry has too much influence over environmental policy-making.

Chris Davies, the Liberal Democrat environment spokes-man representing Copeland in the Euro Parliament, has tabled questions calling on the European Commission to demand that the new BNFL man steps down.

He said. "Jim Currie is a popular and capable man but this move is bound to create the impression that the financial lure of industry has too great an influence over European Commission officials. It will be cited as evidence that the Commission's impartiality in determining environmental policy is not to be trusted."

At Sellafield BNFL spokesman Ali McKibben said: "We are pleased to have Jim Currie on the Board because of the experience he brings to the role."