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Irradiated Fuel

Volume 21: debated on Thursday 1 April 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy whether any steps recommended by the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate of the Health and Safety Commission to ensure that no irradiated fuel will be sent from nuclear power stations to Sellafield for reprocessing until the radioactive iodine has decayed to a level which will permit reprocessing without risk of abnormally high release of radioactivity from the stack have been implemented.

I refer the right hon. Member to the answer given in reply to the hon. Member for Whitehaven (Dr. Cunningham) on 15 December 1981. Appropriate administrative measures as described in that answer have now been introduced. The additional technical safeguards referred to are still being developed. Their implementation will be monitored by the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate.