[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Friday, 8 July, 2005, 09:11 GMT 10:11 UK
Nuclear staff told 'stay at home'
Only essential staff are being allowed into the plant.
Non-essential workers at the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant have been told to stay at home on Friday in light of the London bombings.

The decision to increase the level of alert at all nuclear sites across the UK was made by the government's Office of Civil Nuclear Safety.

Sellafield bosses say they have acted to restrict access and limit the number of personnel and vehicles on the site.

Spokesman Pete Lutwitch said that the move was a precautionary measure.

He said: "We've got very well-practiced arrangement when we increase the level of alert.

Conservative response

"Only those essential staff will be in place. These include our medical teams, safety teams and site management.

"Our prime responsibility that everyone stays safe is right at the top of our agenda.

"This is a decision made by the government. It is a prudent and conservative response to what happened in London yesterday."

Mr Lutwitch dismissed claims that the emergency measures were in response to a bomb threat at Sellafield.

Sellafield 'deficiencies' found
22 Jun 05 |  Cumbria
Sellafield told to clean up act
06 Jun 05 |  Cumbria
Sellafield leak 'lay undetected'
28 May 05 |  Cumbria

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East | South Asia
UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature | Technology | Health
Have Your Say | In Pictures | Week at a Glance | Country Profiles | In Depth | Programmes
Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific