John visits Bradwell Power Station.

John Whittingdale recently met with Ray Jepps, new Station Manager of Bradwell Nuclear Power Station, to discuss progress on decommissioning. Bradwell, which ceased generation in 2002, has recently recommenced the process of removing the fuel rods from the two reactors. These are then sent to Sellafield for disposal. This stage of the decommissioning procedure is likely to take until the end of next year. Disposal of oil through incineration is also likely to begin shortly using a clean oil burner. Before the oil is burnt, it is filtered and all particles removed to ensure that there is no danger of release of any radioactive material. This procedure has been approved by the Environment Agency to ensure that it is entirely safe. John has regular meetings with employees of the power station to keep in touch with progress.