UK nuclear workers told to stay home as radioactivity rises

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A view of the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing site near Seascale in Cumbria, England (Reuters / David Moir)
Britain’s Sellafield nuclear reprocessing site has told non-essential workers to stay home Friday due to the detection of abnormally high levels of radiation. The radiation spike was detected by one of the monitors at the north end of the partially decommissioned site. “Levels of radioactivity detected are above naturally occurring radiation but well below that which would call for any actions to be taken by the workforce on or off the site,” Sellafield said in a statement. Sellafield later tweeted that it had found no evidence of a nuclear event.  Sellafield management have sought to reassure the public that radiation levels are not high enough to warrant any emergency. Apart from the reduced staffing levels, the site is operating normally, the company said. “In response to an operational condition on the Sellafield site a conservative and prudent decision has been taken, to operate the site at reduced manning levels, commensurate with safe…

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