Sellafield closure

Sellafield closure a recognised safety measure

Prospect, the union for 5,000 nuclear specialists at the Sellafield reprocessing plant in Cumbria, says the elevated radiation readings reported today are within acceptable limits and are not a danger to human health or to the plant.

Prospect national secretary Gill Wood said: "Higher than normal radiation readings have been detected at one monitor at a perimeter fence. As a precaution, non-essential staff have been advised to stay at home today while the relevant specialist team investigates.

"The company's decision to partially close some areas of the site is a conservative decision and a safety measure that is recognised worldwide."