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Sellafield charged over contamination incident

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Sellafield nuclear site has been charged over an incident where a worker was contaminated while handling nuclear materials.

The incident at the west Cumbrian plant was investigated on 5 February 2017 by the Office for Nuclear Regulation.

The prosecution is being brought by the ONR, and it is the first prosecution taken by the organisation since it was established in 2014.

The case will go before magistrates in Workington.

Sellafield Ltd have released this statement.

The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) has notified Sellafield Ltd of its intention to prosecute the company under Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act.

This relates to an incident on 5th February 2017 in a facility for special nuclear materials on the Sellafield site, which resulted in personal contamination to one of our employees.

For legal reasons we are unable to comment further on details of the case as it is now the subject of active court proceedings"

– Sellafield LTD