Sellafield has declared a precautionary 'Site Incident' because of the bad weather currently affecting the area. They have stressed that the move is nothing to be concerned about and is 'in line with well rehearsed procedures'.
Some staff at the site will be allowed to leave early as weather conditions worsen.
A press 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, 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.
There is no reason to believe that there will be any off-site nuclear, environmental or conventional safety issues associated with the incident.
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