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Monday, 02 March 2015

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Snow forces controlled shut down at Cumbria's Sellafield site

In response to the current and predicted bad weather, as a precaution, a site incident has been declared at Sellafield and the plants have been moved safely to a controlled, shut down 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 is being 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.

Although a phased early release of employees from the site is underway we require on coming shift workers to continue to report to work to relieve their colleagues if it is safe for them to do so. Please be aware that the A595 is closed south of Calderbridge.

Please note that site is only accessible from North Gate.

The release of staff from the Sellafield site has been carried out purely as a precaution and is related to staff welfare, a Sellafield spokesperson said.

"Essentially we are keen to ensure that our people can get home.

"Sellafield is not one plant, it has over 1300 buildings – because of this when the site is fully operational it is like a small town, with over 10,000 people working here, moving around.

" Because of the high winds and the heavy snow, and the fact that a number of roads in West Cumbria have already be closed, it would be unsafe to allow people to move around in this way.

"Safety manning levels in all plants have been maintained and will be maintained – oncoming operational staff are expected to report to work as usual if they are able to.

"Those leaving the site are non safety related staff.''


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