Sellafield nuclear web site to be prosecuted over worker contamination

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Sellafield Ltd, which reprocesses nuclear gasoline, is to be prosecuted after an worker was contaminated, the nation’s nuclear regulator stated on Friday.

The incident occurred in February at a facility dealing with particular nuclear supplies, the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) stated.

It stated it’s going to prosecute over the incident underneath the Health and Safety at Work Act.

“For legal reasons we are unable to comment further on the details of the case which is now the subject of active court proceedings,” the ONR stated in a press release.

A spokesman for Sellafield additionally declined to remark because of the courtroom case.

Sellafield Ltd manages Britain’s nuclear reprocessing plant in Cumbria, northwest England, and employs round 11,500 individuals.

Sellafield was as soon as the positioning of the world’s first main nuclear plant. In 1957 it noticed Britain’s worst ever nuclear accident when a hearth led to a radioactive leak.

Another radioactive leak in 2005 prompted a superb of 500,000 kilos ($678,000) for its operator.

The plant is at the moment going by way of a large decommissioning program, which incorporates dismantling infrastructure and decontaminating nuclear waste.

The value of the work has been estimated at greater than 70 billion kilos and is predicted to take one other 100 years to finish.($1 = zero.7374 kilos)

Reporting by Susanna Twidale; modifying by Jason Neely

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