Since the global outbreak of COVID-19, Sellafield Ltd says it has taken some precautionary actions at its site in north-west England, including the controlled shutdown of the Magnox Reprocessing Plant. The reprocessing plant is approaching its 60th year and is a complex chemical facility designed to process and separate plutonium and uranium. The Magnox plant is to close permanently this year. It began reprocessing used fuel from Britain’s first nuclear reactors in 1964 to separate the uranium and plutonium, which can still be reused. Turning the facility off quickly in a response to reduced manning could create unnecessary maintenance or repair work, the company said, whereas a controlled shutdown leaves the plant in the optimum condition to be restarted.
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