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Windscale: The British Chernobyl


Greenpeace investigates nuclear waste at Sellafield, 1994


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Brief History of: The Windscale fire

Sellafield is a nuclear fuel reprocessing and nuclear decommissioning site, close to the village of Seascale on the coast of the Irish Sea in Cumbria, England. The site is served by Sellafield railway station. Sellafield incorporates the original nuclear reactor site at Windscale, which is currently undergoing decommissioning and dismantling, and Calder Hall, a neighbour of Windscale, which is also undergoing decommissioning and dismantling of its four nuclear power generating reactors. It is the site of the world's first commercial nuclear power station to generate electricity on an industrial scale.
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  • Royal Ordnance Factory 

  • Start of nuclear activity 

  • Calder Hall power station 

  • British Nuclear Fuels Ltd (BNFL) 

  • Reprocessing 

  • Decommissioning 

  • Recent site management 

  • Windscale Piles 

  • First Generation Reprocessing Plant 

  • Magnox Reprocessing Plant 

  • Calder Hall nuclear power station 

  • Windscale Advanced Gas Cooled Reactor (WAGR) 

  • Thermal Oxide Reprocessing Plant (THORP) 

  • Waste Vitrification Plant 

  • Sellafield MOX Plant 

  • Enhanced Actinide Removal Plant (EARP) 

  • Radioactive waste stores 

  • Fellside Power Station 

  • Central Laboratory – National Nuclear Laboratory headquarters 

  • Sellafield Visitor Centre 

  • Radiological releases 

  • First Generation Magnox Storage Pond 

  • MOX fuel quality data falsification 

  • Plutonium records discrepancy 

  • 2005 THORP plant leak 

  • Organ removal inquiry 

  • Health studies in Cumbria and Seascale 

  • Republic of Ireland 

  • Isle of Man 

  • Norway 

  • Proposal to establish adjacent power station 

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