Seascale – Sellafield Nuclear Reprocessing Facility
About a mile north of Seascale is BNFL’s Sellafield Nuclear Site. Here was the site of the world’s first commercial nuclear power station, Calder Hall, operating from the early 1950′s until 2004, and the Windscale Nuclear Reactor (Piles) – Britain’s first attempt at a nuclear reactor to produce plutonium for the war effort, which suffered a major incident in 1957.
Here also is the Sellafield Reprocessing Plant – a site that converts the spent fuel from nuclear reactors worldwide into re-useable uranium, plutonium, and highly radioactive fission products that will have to be safely stored for thousands of years.
The former Sellafield Visitors’ Centre is now the Sellafield Centre and is open Mon – Fri, and is used for business events. A small section is still open to the public but only at selected times.
At its peak, the Visitors’ Centre attracted an average of 1,000 people per day. In recent years, its popularity has deteriorated, prompting the change from tourist attraction to conference facility.
Aerial photos by Simon Ledingham.
Related Links :
- Sellafield – from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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