The Government’s evolving response means we must now scale back some operations to make best use of available people. This allow us to keep a focus on delivering high hazard risk reduction activities. As a proactive measure, to retain the reprocessing stream in a sustainable state for the future, we are moving to a controlled shutdown of the Magnox reprocessing plant over the next few days. This approach will enable the best opportunity for an effective re-start when circumstances permit. With safety in mind, similar measures may be necessary elsewhere across the business.
Sellafield Ltd 17th March 2020 read more »
Britain’s nuclear waste site will shut its reprocessing plant at Sellafield after more than 8% of its staff began self-isolating to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The controlled shutdown of the Magnox plant in Cumbria will begin in the next few days after an outbreak of the Covid-19 virus within Sellafield’s 11,500 staff. The company told employees on Tuesday evening that it would “scale back some operations” to “make best use of available people”. Sellafield revealed last weekend that a staff member had tested positive for coronavirus, and on Monday it confirmed that another employee with suspected Covid-19 had begun self-isolation.
Guardian 18th March 2020 read more »
About 1,000 employees at the Sellafield nuclear site in Cumbria are self-isolating amid the coronavirus outbreak. The firm earlier said it was carrying out a controlled shutdown of the Magnox plant, ahead of any absences. The plant in Seascale reprocesses spent fuel and Sellafield Ltd said it was scaling back operations so staff could concentrate on critical processes. The thousand staff represents about 8% of the whole workforce. They are either showing symptoms, have close family who have symptoms, or are having to distance themselves because they have an underlying health condition.
BBC 18th March 2020 read more »
Sellafield’s Magnox reprocessing plant to shut in response to Covid-19 measures.
In Cumbria 18th March 2020 read more »