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ONR agrees to extension of Sellafield Improvement Notice

11 September, 2014

ONR last week agreed to extend an Improvement Notice issued to Sellafield Ltd in November 2013, until 31 August 2015.

The Improvement Notice was served as a result of shortfalls, identified by Sellafield Ltd, in the level of protection provided to employees and other persons against the risk of inadvertent exposure to ionising radiation during Flask Maintenance Gamma Gate operations at the site’s Fuel Handling Plant.  This was a breach of legal requirements, which resulted in the licensee’s failure to ensure the health and safety of its employees and other persons.

ONR has considered Sellafield Ltd’s request and their justification for the extension of the notice, and is content that the licensee has done all that is reasonably practicable to address the notice in the original timescales.

Sellafield Ltd are now required to complete their plan of improvement by 31 August 2015, however ONR will continue to monitor progress and will intervene if the licensee falls behind on its improvement programme.