Conservative MEP calls for Government action in West Cumbria to deal with the long term impact of nuclear decommissioning

Nuclear decommissioning will initially lead to the creation of some 200 new jobs as work starts on the clean-up of four Nuclear sites in West Cumbria. However, whilst the decommissioning of Sellafield may take more than fifty years to complete, the impact will be felt much sooner, commented Sir Robert Atkins, MEP for the North West of England.

The 8,000 strong Sellafield workforce will begin to reduce within seven years and as local businesses suffer the knock on effects of closure, a further 9,000 related jobs are expected to be lost in the region.

Sir Robert Atkins said:

“What happens to Sellafield and its associated site activities is of crucial importance to West Cumbria. Jobs, livelihoods, infrastructure and prosperity all depend on these decisions.

This region of the North West requires more attention from Government and, through that, more resources from Europe. Sellafield has played a major part in the past and we must find ways of maintaining employment levels and developing the area for the future.”

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