A BBC investigation has uncovered a catalogue of safety concerns at the UK’s most hazardous nuclear site.
Panorama found parts of Sellafield regularly have too few staff to operate safely and that radioactive materials have been stored in degrading plastic bottles.
A whistle-blower (former senior manager) who was worried by conditions explained that his biggest fear was a fire in one of the nuclear waste silos or one of the processing plants and said:
“If there is a fire there it could generate a plume of radiological waste that will go across Western Europe.”
The whistle-blower also told the BBC that areas of Sellafield – which reprocesses and stores nearly all of the nation’s nuclear waste – often didn’t have enough staff on duty to meet minimum safety levels.
Meg Hillier MP, who chairs the Public Accounts Committee, was shocked by the figures:
“It is incredible. It defies belief actually that anything could be working at below safe staffing levels. There is no excuse.”
Read the full story BBC 1 Panorama SELLAFIELD
If you missed the original broadcast you can watch it here BBC iPlayer Panorama 5/9/2016