Cumbria narrowly averted a nuclear disaster â€śfive times worse than Chernobylâ€?, a county councillor has claimed.
Labourâ€™s Wendy Kolbe, who represents Ulverston East, told councillors that a failure in the cooling system at Sellafield on April 1 could have led to a catastrophic explosion.
Her comments have been dismissed as alarmist and untrue.
She said: â€śFor four hours radioactive storage tanks lost cooling water.
â€śIf that had continued for eight hours it would have created a major disaster not only for Cumbria but for Europe.
â€śWe could have been looking at devastation to our county. Something five times worse than Chernobyl.â€?