Sellafield Nuclear Power Staff Stay at Home Over Radiation Worries

By Gary Cutlack on at

Sellafield, the UK's historic seat of nuclear power, is currently operating at reduced staff levels, after safety systems spotted a rogue rise in external radiation readings. It probably won't explode and plunge the country into a nuclear crisis, but it might be wise to panic-buy a few extra loaves of bread today just in case.

The site in Cumbria is only staffed by "essential" workers at the moment, after many of its 10,000 employees were advised to stay at home. The operator of the nuclear site said: "Levels of radioactivity detected are above naturally occurring radiation but well below that which would call for any actions to be taken by the workforce on or off the site."

That said, there's a free day off for many, with a spokesman explaining: "As a result of a conservative and prudent decision, the Sellafield site is operating normally but with reduced manning levels today. This follows the detection of elevated levels of radioactivity at one of the on-site radiation monitors at the north end of the site." [Guardian]

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