Sellafield site operating at reduced manning levels.
As a result of a conservative and prudent decision, the Sellafield site is operating normally but with reduced manning levels today.
This follows the detection of elevated levels of radioactivity at one of the on-site radiation monitors at the north end of the site.
Essential workers only are being asked to report for work.
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.
The site is at normal status and employees and operational plants are continuing to operate as investigations continue. All our facilities have positively confirmed there are no abnormal conditions and are operating normally.
We have taken this decision to focus on investigation and avoid disruption on and off the site (such as traffic disruption in the West Cumbria region).
If this had happened during the working day we would just allow people to go home as normal. There is no risk to the general public or workforce.
We will continue to issue updates via our website and our twitter feed @sellafieldLtd