Published: Sunday 15 December 1996

The British Nuclear Fuels (BNF), which operates the Sellafield reprocessing plant in north-west England, has landed in the dock. A lawsuit has been slapped by four Irish residents who want BNF to close the plant which is about 180 km from the eastern coast of the Republic of Ireland. They have alleged that the plant poses dangers to health and the environment. The Irish government has decided to back the lawsuit by giving financial, scientific, research and legal assistance to the four residents. Earlier, the Supreme Court of Ireland gave permission for the case to be heard in the republic.

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