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THORP NUCLEAR REPROCESSING LICENCE TO BE CHALLENGED IN COURT

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Lancashire CC and environmental pressure group Greenpeace have won High Court permission to challenge the licensing...
Lancashire CC and environmental pressure group Greenpeace have won High Court permission to challenge the licensing of the Thorp nuclear reprocessing plant in Sellafield, Cumbria, the Financial Times reports (p10).

Scientific advisers have warned Lancashire CC that the plant's emissions could be above recommended safety levels. The plant is about 30 miles from the council's area.

The judicial review will take place in the week beginning 7 February. Thorp's licence comes into effect on Monday, but it is expected that preliminary tests will continue for another month before the plant becomes fully radioactive.

Greenpeace will argue in the judicial review that the government's decision to allow Thorp to operate without a full public inquiry was illegal.
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