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Environmental hazard removed from Sizewell A Site

A major environmental hazard has been eliminated from the Magnox estate following work at Sizewell A Site.

Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) are organic chlorine compounds once widely deployed in coolant fluid used when the Magnox sites were generating electricity.

Recent removal of PCB contaminated oil from Sizewell A Site means that Magnox has now safely dealt with this environmental legacy, marking a significant step in the decommissioning progress across the Magnox sites.

Tony Wratten, head of Environment, Health, Safety, Security and Quality at Magnox, said: “Removal of this pollutant removes a significant hazard from our sites, as well as the need for additional reporting to the Environment Agency.

“Magnox’s primary goal is to protect people and the environment and we work hard to minimise the environmental impact of our operations. This achievement is another step towards bringing our sites to closure in a safe and consistent manner.”

Any organisation that owns or operates equipment or material containing PCB at a concentration higher than 50 parts per million (0.005%) must register it with the relevant national environmental regulator and dispose of it as soon as possible.