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Springfields Nuclear Fuel Factory (Leakage)

Volume 80: debated on Tuesday 11 June 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) how and where material containing uranium hexafluoride leaked from the Springfields nuclear fuel factory has been made safe;(2) if he will make a statement of the circumstances surrounding the discharge on 23 April of uranium hexafluoride from the Springfields nuclear fuel factory into open waterway at Salwick hall farm, Lancashire.

No uranium hexafluoride was discharged from the Springfields nuclear fuel factory on 23 April. A quantity of uranium-bearing wash, water was spilt which contaminated silt in a nearby stream. The stream bed was dredged as a precautionary measure and the contaminated material was removed to the Springfields site for disposal. Action has been taken to prevent a recurrence of the incident.