EDF Energy says the beach near the Sizewell nuclear power station has re-opened after being closed for several hours today following an ammonia leak.Ammonia is used to regulate the pH of water in the power station.
EDF says that a small amount of ammonia leaked from a storage tank and the beach area was closed off as a safety precaution. Ammonia fumes have a very strong smell.
The beach has now re-opened following the incident at lunchtime.
EDF has informed both the Office for Nuclear Regulation and the Environment Agency.
The Sizewell B nuclear reactor is currently offline for routine maintenance and refuelling.
A small amount of ammonia leaked from an ammonia storage tank at Sizewell B at lunch time today. The leak was immediately contained but as a precaution access to parts of the neighbouring beach was temporarily restricted but is now open. There is no risk to public health and no one was hurt as a result of this incident. The power station remains switched off for planned maintenance and refuelling.