United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority

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United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) was established in 1954 by the UK Government to oversee the country's nuclear research programme and development of the industry. In 1956 Calder Hall was commissioned by the UKAEA turning UK into "the first country in the world to adopt nuclear power on an industrial and commercial scale". In 1957 after a fire at Windscale, a nuclear complex near Calder Hall, which reportedly caused "32 deaths and 260 cases of cancer" from the leaked radiation, UKAEA changed its name to Sellafield. In 1971 BNFL, the authority's production arm, split off from the UKAEA.[1]

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  1. Tim Webb, "Analysis: Nuclear haze",Independent on Sunday, 27 November, 2005.

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