The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and Sellafield Ltd were pleased to welcome Baroness Verma, the new Parliamentary Under Secretary for Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), to West Cumbria and Sellafield.
The visit to Sellafield provided an opportunity for Baroness Verma, who has replaced Lord Marland, to familiarise herself with the most complex decommissioning and clean-up challenges in theUK. It also allowed Sellafield Ltd and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) to update her, as a key stakeholder, on the progress being made on the site and showcase the skills, commitment and enthusiasm of the workforce.
She said: “Visiting Sellafield really does drive home the sheer scale and size of the challenge posed by our nuclear legacy, and why we must continue to focus relentlessly on our world-leading decommissioning efforts.
“Decommissioning and cleaning up the site will take many decades but I am very encouraged by the progress being made and the dedication and professionalism of everyone at the site.”
John Clarke, the NDA’s Chief Executive welcomed the Minister toWest Cumbriaat the NDA’s headquarters, Herdus House, before Managing Director for Sellafield Ltd, Todd Wright, and Mark Lesinski, the NDA’s Chief Operating Officer accompanied the group to Sellafield for a tour of some of the site’s facilities and plants. Todd was delighted to share with Baroness Verma details of our priority areas such as risk and hazard reduction and our commitment to safety and security.
The party also met with local Council leaders, Jamie Reed MP and Union Representatives who also head up the Sellafield Workers Campaign.
John Clarke said: “Along with our colleagues at Sellafield Ltd we were extremely pleased to have an early opportunity to explain to Baroness Verma the important role West Cumbria and Sellafield Ltd plays in the current UK nuclear decommissioning industry.
“In addition to meeting local stakeholders and trade union officials we were able to take the Minister on the site so she could see first hand the important work being carried out at Sellafield.”
Todd said: “Following Baroness Verma’s extensive tour of the site, she praised the professionalism and dedication of the workforce here at Sellafield. She also reinforced the need for a continued focus on decommissioning.”