Sellafield nuclear waste site to close due to coronavirus

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(The Guardian) – 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 number of Sellafield employees self-isolating has quickly climbed to about 1,000.

In an open letter to staff, Sellafield’s safety director, Mark Neate, said: “We have a critical mission so our response must ensure the safety and security of the public, our workforce and protection of the environment at all times.”

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