Sellafield nuclear cleanup costs up by billions, expected to increase more

 Sellafield nuclear cleanup costs up by billions, expected to increase more

Cost estimates to clean up the Sellafield nuclear waste site in the UK has increased and are expected to rise even further.
A National Audit Office report says the cleanup project is 53 billion pounds ($79.18 billion) as of February, up 5 billion pounds ($7.46 billion) from March 2014, and the price tag is expected to surpass 70 billion pounds ($104.49 billion).
Britain’s Committee of Public Accounts criticized Sellafield’s management, Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, Sellafield Ltd. and former managers Nuclear Management Partners (NMP), for cost overruns, delays and mismanagement. The UK government took back control of the project in January and canceled the remainder of a 17-year contract with NMP.
The NDA said it plans to have the site cleaned up by 2120, according to the report. The site stopped operating electricity in 2003 when it was used primarily to produce plutonium for use in nuclear warheads. It then began reprocessing and storing waste after it closed.
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