EU issues warning to BNG

18 February 2006

The European Commission (EC) has issued a formal warning to British Nuclear Group (BNG) Sellafield over lapses in nuclear material accounting.

During a series of inspections at the UK's Sellafield, the commission found that the accounting and reporting procedures presently in place at the site do not fully meet Euratom standards. Under the Euratom treaty, the EC has the task of ensuring that accounting and administrative procedures are in place to ensure that nuclear materials in possession of companies operating nuclear facilities in the European Union are not diverted for non-peaceful purposes.

The commission has also requested Sellafield implement the appropriate remedies within periods specified in the decision and to ensure the adequate quality of its system of accounting for nuclear material. The decision is limited to issues of the adequacy of the accounting and reporting procedures presently in place at Sellafield and does not find that nuclear material was actually lost.

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