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Edition No. 104

Date:- 21 June 2003

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HSE AGREES MOVE TO REDUCE SELLAFIELD DISCHARGES 
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THE Health and Safety Executive has given permission to British Nuclear Fuels to re-route the future production of a key radioactive liquid process stream, Medium Active Concentrate at Sellafield - Signifying a reduction of radioactive discharges into the environment. 

The modification to re-route new MAC was a key part of the Environment Agency's decision on the future regulation of technetium-99 discharges from Sellafield. The Agency's ddecision acknowledged the need for the proposed rerouting to be subject to HSE permission.

Currently, arising of MAC from Magnox reprocessing, sent to the Enhanced Actinide Removal Plant, where the bulk of the radioactive material begins a journey before the final placement of the waste into to the Irish Sea via highly active storage tanks. 

BNFL has had to demonstrate to HSE that a modification to the process and operations can be done safely and will have no detrimental effects. The outcome of the decision will significantly reduce the level of discharges of radioactive Technetium-99 (which EARP is unable to remove) and other radioactivity from future MAC arising into the Irish Sea. 

The modification will allow the volume of MAC stored in tanks on site, minimizing operational levels and enabling BNFL to start the process of diverting the MAC to Highly Active Storage. 

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LITTLEWOODS INVESTS £20 MILLION IN NEW 
HOME SHOPPING HEADQUARTERS IN SPEKE

LITTLEWOODS Property Holdings has come to an agreement to develop and lease two sites in Speke for the relocation of Littlewoods Home Shopping Headquarters. This signifies investment of some £20 million and highlights the Group's continued commitment to Liverpool.

Despite recent rumours of redundancies at the company, both properties are being acquired from the Northwest Development Agency via the Liverpool Land Development Company. 

The development of the listed buildings at the site heralds the restoration in recent years with the benefit of funding a joint venture from the European Regional Development Fund and the NWDA, in which further development on the site for an adjacent building to be completed by 2004 earmarked for occupation thereafter.

Chief executive Alistair McGeorge of Littlewoods Home Shopping commented, "Once again, I am delighted we have the opportunity to invest and build our business in Liverpool. Our new Headquarters will provide us with a modern facility that will meet all our needs. We are especially pleased to be moving to Speke, an area that is undergoing massive and exciting regeneration."

Following Littlewoods recent announcement that JCM Media will be relocating from their Edge Lane site to Whiston, Littlewoods have agreed to dispose of the Edge Lane site to the NWDA. The Agency will use the site to facilitate the expansion of Liverpool Digital.

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