PCM Retrieval Complete

The Low Level Waste Repository (LLWR) team are celebrating the return of the final consignment of bulk Plutonium Contaminated Material (PCM) to Sellafield from the repository.

The achievement marks the conclusion of a long standing commitment to the local community to remove intermediate level waste from the repository.

Leader of Copeland Borough Council, Elaine Woodburn; Chairman of the West Cumbria Sites Stakeholder Group, David Moore; and representatives from Drigg and Carleton Parish Council and the community were on site to mark the last containers of PCM leaving for Sellafield.

Managing Director, Chris Halliwell, said: “We are delighted to see these last shipments of bulk PCM being taken from the site and, while it has been challenging, we are pleased to have fulfilled our promise to the local community.

“Today is the culmination of the sustained efforts of a dedicated retrievals team and substantial financial investment.

“These efforts have seen over 11,000 drums and 550 containers retrieved from historic magazine storage safely and without incident. Given the unknown nature of the waste associated with these magazines, this is an incredible achievement for the team”.

David Moore said: “The community and the West Cumbrian Sites Stakeholder Group LLWR Sub-Committee has campaigned for a long time to see all PCM transferred from the repository back to Sellafield.

“It has been a long road but the time taken is not important. What is important is that the project has been completed safely with no radiological release.

“We are grateful that the site’s management has recognised the issue as one of genuine concern for the community and I am glad that we are able to stand here today to see the completion of this retrieval project. Congratulations to all concerned.”

All of the PCM removed from the LLWR has been transferred to Sellafield for long term safe storage.