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Updated: Sellafield potential disaster for Norwegian food industry. An accident at Britain’s Sellafield nuclear processing plant could have catastrophic consequences for western Norway’s food production, according to a new report. A simulation conducted by the Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority (NRPA/Statens strålevern) concludes an explosion or fire at Sellafield, formerly known as Windscale, could disperse 1 percent of the facility’s total radioactive waste. Norway’s geographical position and meteorological conditions make the country potentially extremely vulnerable to an uncontrollable disaster, especially Rogaland and Hordaland.

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Updated: Sellafield potential disaster for Norwegian food industry

Published on Tuesday, 25th January, 2011 at 10:27 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Nicoleta Dumitrache Sincan   .
Last Updated on 26th January 2011 at 22:24.

An accident at Britain’s Sellafield nuclear processing plant could have catastrophic consequences for western Norway’s food production, according to a new report.

Sellafield aerial view (2005)
Sellafield aerial view (2005)
Photo: © Copyright Simon Ledingham/W. Commons


A simulation conducted by the Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority (NRPA/Statens strålevern) concludes an explosion or fire at Sellafield, formerly known as Windscale, could disperse 1 percent of the facility’s total radioactive waste.

Norway’s geographical position and meteorological conditions make the country potentially extremely vulnerable to an uncontrollable disaster, especially Rogaland and Hordaland.

Actual meteorological data from 2008 suggests wind direction and heavy precipitation would disperse fallout that was seven times worse than 1986’s Chernobyl accident.

Food production would be hit hard, particularly sheep and goats. Caesium would first contaminate vegetation, and subsequently be transported to the animals’ milk via their own tissue.

A potential disaster will mean extensive countermeasures would have to be taken for perhaps decades, involving several hundred thousand animals annually, as well as greatly impacting health, the economy, and society.

The NRPA’s simulated Sellafield scenario will also be used as part of the National Threat Assessment (Nasjonalt risikobilde) in the event of a nuclear threat.

The full report (in English) can be downloaded here.



Published on Tuesday, 25th January, 2011 at 10:27 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Nicoleta Dumitrache Sincan   .
Last updated on 26th January 2011 at 22:24.

This post has the following tags: sellafield, windscale, nuclearaccident, nuclearwasteprocessing, chernobyl, radiationprotectionauthority.





  
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