UPDATE: 'Naturally occurring radiation' cause of Sellafield disruption

NATURALLY occurring radiation was the cause of this morning's disruption at Sellafield, the nuclear processing company has confirmed.

It had been running at 'reduced manning levels' after elevated levels of radioactivity were discovered to the north end of the site.

Only essential workers were asked to report for work.

However this afternoon the company said: "Sellafield Ltd can confirm that the radioactivity detected by one of our in-air monitors overnight is not attributable to any issue or problem with any of our operations on site.

"Our in-air monitors are extremely sensitive and pick up on any abnormality. Overnight the monitoring system initially indicated elevated levels of activity. Following investigation and analysis, we can now confirm these levels to be naturally occurring background radon.

"The number one priority for us is, at all times, safe secure stewardship of the Sellafield site, which is the most complex and challenging nuclear site inEurope.

"As such we act in a safety conscious manner, and take cautious, conservative decisions, such as the one taken overnight to ask non-safety essential staff to stay at home this morning, rather than come to the site.

"All of our plants and storage facilities were quickly confirmed as operating normally, and we were always confident that the issue posed no risk to the workforce or public because the levels being detected, whilst above background radiation levels, were still low.

"This view was reinforced by the fact that none of our other installed monitors were picking up any kind of increased levels – however, we take such issues so seriously that we investigated fully to confirm that everything was okay.

"Standard weekend working operations will continue, with day staff due back in on Monday as normal.

"We would like to thank our staff and the wider West Cumbrian community for their calm and mature response to events this morning."

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1:12pm Fri 31 Jan 14

hogheaven says...

Wonder how serious this leak is , hope we get some news soon, truthful that is.
Wonder how serious this leak is , hope we get some news soon, truthful that is. hogheaven

1:27pm Fri 31 Jan 14

TwoHat says...

So, something has gone wrong, but its all OK because nothing has gone wrong, we are just taking precautions because it seems like a good idea to do that when there isn't anything at all to worry about.
I really can't understand why the public don't trust the nuclear industry!
So, something has gone wrong, but its all OK because nothing has gone wrong, we are just taking precautions because it seems like a good idea to do that when there isn't anything at all to worry about. I really can't understand why the public don't trust the nuclear industry! TwoHat

1:35pm Fri 31 Jan 14

hogheaven says...

TwoHat wrote:
So, something has gone wrong, but its all OK because nothing has gone wrong, we are just taking precautions because it seems like a good idea to do that when there isn't anything at all to worry about.
I really can't understand why the public don't trust the nuclear industry!
Then you are a bit naive, when you say we ,are you working at Sellafield?Why do i get a minus score from asking a simple Question ?
[quote][p][bold]TwoHat[/bold] wrote: So, something has gone wrong, but its all OK because nothing has gone wrong, we are just taking precautions because it seems like a good idea to do that when there isn't anything at all to worry about. I really can't understand why the public don't trust the nuclear industry![/p][/quote]Then you are a bit naive, when you say we ,are you working at Sellafield?Why do i get a minus score from asking a simple Question ? hogheaven

4:46pm Fri 31 Jan 14

underterraingrunter says...

"...we act in a safety conscious manner, and take cautious, conservative decisions..." If this was true the Sellafield site would not exist. What is the local cancer rate compared to other areas? Oh silly me, I forgot, it's a secret.
"...we act in a safety conscious manner, and take cautious, conservative decisions..." If this was true the Sellafield site would not exist. What is the local cancer rate compared to other areas? Oh silly me, I forgot, it's a secret. underterraingrunter

4:46pm Fri 31 Jan 14

TwoHat says...

"naturally occurring" - must have been one of them radioactive Roe dears then . . .
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"naturally occurring" - must have been one of them radioactive Roe dears then . . . http://www.thewestmo rlandgazette.co.uk/n ews/10972359.Roe_dee r__trapped__at_Sella field_nuclear_site_t o_be_shot___but_comp any_defends_action_a s__last_resort_/?ref =mc TwoHat

4:53pm Fri 31 Jan 14

hogheaven says...

underterraingrunter wrote:
"...we act in a safety conscious manner, and take cautious, conservative decisions..." If this was true the Sellafield site would not exist. What is the local cancer rate compared to other areas? Oh silly me, I forgot, it's a secret.
Whats with all the "we " are you from Sellafield? if you are go back to the early history of the plant and how leaks were hushed up and kept secret from the public and dont tell me there were not Hopefully this has now changed .
[quote][p][bold]underterraingrunter[/bold] wrote: "...we act in a safety conscious manner, and take cautious, conservative decisions..." If this was true the Sellafield site would not exist. What is the local cancer rate compared to other areas? Oh silly me, I forgot, it's a secret.[/p][/quote]Whats with all the "we " are you from Sellafield? if you are go back to the early history of the plant and how leaks were hushed up and kept secret from the public and dont tell me there were not Hopefully this has now changed . hogheaven

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