Adverse weather forces part of Sellafield to close

Part of Sellafield Nuclear Power Station in Britain has been closed today due to "adverse weather conditions".

Adverse weather forces part of Sellafield to close

Part of Sellafield Nuclear Power Station in Britain has been closed today due to "adverse weather conditions".

Non-essential staff at the site in Cumbria were sent home early today as local schools were closed and transport disrupted because of the bad weather.

The operational side of the site was not affected, Sellafield stressed, but some parts of the huge complex, including offices, were shut down.

A spokesman said: “In response to the current and predicted adverse weather conditions on and around the Sellafield site, as a precaution, a site incident has been declared and the plants on the site have been moved to a controlled, safe, shutdown state.

“The site emergency control centre has been established and is managing the incident in line with well-rehearsed procedures.

“We have implemented a phased early release of staff from the site. This will be carried out in a safe, controlled manner.

“There is no reason to believe that there will be any off-site nuclear, environmental or conventional safety issues associated with the incident.

“The priority for the team is to protect our workforce, the community and the environment.”

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