“If the current litigation had not been commenced and discovery both vigorously and intelligently pursued by the plaintiffs’ solicitors, the true extent of the discharges of radionuclides to the environment and in particular the massive contamination of the countryside around Sellafield by uranium oxide and plutonium prior to 1986, would have been lost in the mists of time”.
The environmental doses to Vivien Hope, Dorothy Reay, their families and the residents of Seascale.
Day 6. Examination of Professor Stephen Richard Jones. Employed by British Nuclear Fuels. Director of Environmental Research at the BNFL-funded Westlakes Research Institute, Corporate Environmental Adviser to BNFL.
“The massive uplift in the discharge figures for plutonium were triggered by litigation. Is it only when BNFL have their backs against the wall that they really make an effort to find out what the accurate discharge figures are and were?”
Day 7. Stephen Richard Jones recalled. Cross and re-examined.
Examination Roger John Dickinson – Manager of Business Planning and Technical Appraisal at Sellafield.
“I appreciate what it was the Ministry may have wanted and what it was you supplied the Ministry with. I hope you are following the question I am putting to you. Is it not that you misled the Ministry. I am asking you how an interested member of the public, reading this document, would know or would have known that the figures for actual discharge were four times the figures given.”
Examination Dr. John Wharwick Stather – Assistant Director NRPB, Chilton.
Day 8. John Wharwick Stather recalled – Examined and cross-examined.
“A willingness on the part of the NRPB to remove from draft reports materials which might have been of interest to the public but embarrassing to BNFL.”
Day 9. John Wharwick Stather recalled.
Day 10. Proceedings.
Day 11. Submissions on dos