More than 450 safety lapses at Sellafield since 2001

More than 450 safety lapses at Sellafield since 2001

More than 450 safety lapses have occurred at the Sellafield nuclear power plant since 2001.

That’s according to a new report, published in today’s Irish Sun, which reveals the blunders which have occurred at the nuclear plant, which is located in Cumbria just 170km from Ireland off the North East coast.

According to the report, radiation and contamination episodes, spillages of active materials and fires in the facility happen regularly.

The British government insists Sellafield is safe but admitted it was a “uniquely challenging” place to work.

The latest news follows a recent BBC Panoroma documentary which contained allegations of problems from past and present employees. According to The Sun, a report from the Office for Nuclear Regulation shows issues are routinely documented that are of concern to Ireland — if a disaster similar to Chernobyl or Fukushima occurs.

It cites 12 lifting events which had “nuclear safety implications” and notes that “smouldering, smoking material or fire” was discovered five times up to March 2012. In September 2014, a “lagging blanket on high-pressure steam pipework ignited” at the plant while in July 2013, smoke was seen coming from a gas turbine.

There were 24 cases of “radiation or contamination” events affecting personnel and 33 incidents involving the “unplanned leak or spillage of active or potentially active process liquor or material”, up to March 2012.

Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy told the newspaper that the plant should be closed and encouraged the Government to start taking the matter “seriously”.

Read the full story here.

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