Sellafield evacuation: Bomb squad deployed to nuclear power site

A BOMB disposal squad has been rushed to Sellafield after a small amount of chemicals were identified as requiring specialist disposal.

The Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) team is now in attendance at Sellafield, a nuclear site near Cumbria, and will dispose of the chemical (organic peroxide) safely. As a precautionary measure, a controlled evacuation of the Magnox Reprocessing Plant was carried out yesterday in order to investigate the chemical and devise the appropriate course of action

The plant was non-operational at the time and will remain non-operational while the chemical is disposed of.

The chemical is used for a variety of purposes across many industries and was stored in the site’s Magnox Reprocessing Plant.

The storage area is safely segregated from the nuclear operations of the plant and the risk has been identified as a conventional safety issue rather than a nuclear safety risk.

A spokesman for Sellafield ltd said: “This chemical is used for a variety of purposes across many industries.

“In line with established procedures, support has been requested from Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD).

“The EOD team is now in attendance at the Sellafield site and will dispose of the chemical safely.

“Chemical monitoring is undertaken across the site to understand changing chemical states and to inform when and how industrial chemicals should be stored or disposed of.”

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