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Elevated Radioactivity Prompts Partial Shutdown of UK’s Sellafield NPP

Posted by feww on January 31, 2014

Sellafield nuclear processing plant detects “elevated levels of radioactivity”

Operators of the 68-year-old Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant said on Friday they had detected elevated levels of radioactivity at the site and ordered all non-essential workers to stay at home.

Sellafield, located in Cumbria, about 450km NW of London,  is the largest nuclear site in Europe and employs more than 10,000 people.

The plant is currently being decommissioned at an estimated cost of about $115 billion (£70bn). The cost will be born by the British taxpayers.

A level III (out of seven) incident on the International Nuclear Event Scale occurred at Sellafield’s Thorp plant in April 2005, when radioactive material escaped from a toxic waste storage area.

Sellafield Nuclear Processing Plant.  Elevated levels of radioactivity triggered an alarm prompting partial shutdown. Source: Sellafield Ltd. Image may be subject to copyright.

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