The Office for Nuclear Regulation has addressed concerns over safety at Hinkley Point C following “structural damage” to a silo causing a dust cloud. The cloud was reported at around 7.30am on Wednesday (June 10) and was found to have originated from a silo in the concrete batching plant at the facility. The exact nature of the issue with the silo has not yet been confirmed, and this has led to concern in the industry, with worries about health and continued safety around the site being voiced. EDF, the company behind Hinkley’s construction, has already insisted there was no risk to the wider public following the situation and had stressed that it was not an explosion that had occurred. The company said on Wednesday: “A silo in the concrete batching plant at Hinkley Point C suffered structural damage, releasing a dust cloud around the area. EDF also indicated the dust released was not harmful and would only cause “slight irritation” if inhaled in large quantities, which nobody at the plant did. The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) has further addressed concerns by saying that it was satisfied there were “no nuclear safety consequences” as a result of the damage.
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