The Guardian reports The British Nuclear Group (BNG) is to be prosecuted for breaches of health and safety regulations at Sellafield in a move that could hit government sell-off plans.The negligence charges follow an accident that closed the Thermal Oxide Reprocessing Plant (Thorp) a year ago and which is causing huge stockpiles of spent fuel to mount up at the Cumbrian site.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) would not comment on BNG, which runs Thorp and the wider Sellafield complex, but well-placed sources said a formal announcement would come within days. more