THE company responsible for Bradwell nuclear power plant has been fined £250,000 after being convicted of allowing radioactive waste to seep into the ground over a 14-year period.

Magnox Electric Limited was convicted of breaking legislation governing the disposal of radioactive waste while operating the Bradwell power station near Maldon.

A judge also ordered the company to pay £150,000 costs following the trial at Chelmsford Crown Court.

Magnox denied allowing waste to seep out in breach of legislation but had admitted failing to maintain a sump at the power station.

Jurors were told that "radioactive water" had leaked from a decontamination unit at Bradwell between 1990 and 2004.