Fouth quarter of 2001
WISE-Paris Analysis: Plane Crash on Sellafield could have Devastating
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Airliner Crash on Nuclear Facilities - The Sellafield Case (7p., 417
WISE-Paris, 29 October 2001
Air-plane crash on the high level waste storage tanks was one of the
potential triggering events for a severe accident at Sellafield taken
into consideration in the study WISE-Paris carried out for the General
Directorate of Research of the European Parliament. However, it is only
after the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001 that WISE-Paris carried
out more detailed analysis into protection against air-plane crash at
La Hague and Sellafield.
With a radioactive inventory of close to 100 times the amount of caesium-137
release during the Chernobyl disaster, the high level waste tanks at
Sellafield contain an unmatched quantity of readily dispersable radioactive
material in a storage area that is not protected against the crash of
large aircrafts. As WISE-Paris' analysis shows, the entire building
housing the tanks could be destroyed or severely damaged in an air-plane
The following information on "The Sellafield
Case" was first released by the UK television program "Dispatches"
on Channel-4 on 1st of November 2001.