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CLIP 5969

Decommissioning the Sellafield nuclear power plant

Decommissioning the Sellafield nuclear power plant

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Key Info
  • Decommissioning the Sellafield nuclear power plant
  • Duration: 03:46
  • Sellafield's decommissioning manager gives a tour of the Cumbrian nuclear power plant. As the plant is decommissioned over a period of years, the iconic dome will remain as a tourist attraction, but all the reprocessing facilities and radioactive materials will be carefully removed. It is a difficult task because the original construction did not take into account the need for demolition in the future. One of the biggest dangers comes from the uranium and workers wear PVC suits to prevent contamination getting on their skin. This clip was first published on BBC News Online on 20 November 2008. Please note this clip is only available in Flash.
  • Subject:



    Phys: Radioactivity - Uses

  • Keywords: electricity generation, safety, protective clothing, engineering, danger, arms race, physics, decommissioning, contamination, stabilisation, munitions, weapons.
Ideas for use in class
  • This item illustrates the safe handling of radioactive materials and shows how workers are monitored and protected when working near radioactive waste. Could also introduce a discussion in history on the legacy of the cold war and arms race.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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