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Divers enter Sellafield nuclear pool for first time in 65 years

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Divers have entered a nuclear fuel storage pond for the first time in 65 years.

The 330ft (100m)-long outdoor pool at Sellafield in Cumbria was built in the 1940s for use by Windscale Piles, the site's first nuclear reactors.

It went out of use in the 1960s and is now being cleared as part of the wider Sellafield decommissioning programme.

Records show it was last entered in 1958 to repair a broken winch. Divers are working in shifts to clear sludge.

The pond was used for the cooling, storage, and de-canning of spent fuel from the reactors as part of the UK's post-war atomic weapons programme.



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