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Fire safety improvements required at Sellafield

The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) has served an enforcement notice on Sellafield Ltd after inspections identified shortfalls in the fire alarm and detection system at the First-Generation Magnox Storage Pond facility (FGMSP).

ONR fire safety inspections discovered the shortfalls, leading to Sellafield Ltd taking the decision to suspend operations at the FGMSP.

Sellafield Ltd also introduced enhanced fire monitoring surveillance and has restricted all non-essential personnel from entering the facility.

There were no consequences for the public or the environment as a result of these shortfalls.

Kulvinder McDonald, ONR Superintending Inspector, said: “The enforcement notice requires Sellafield Ltd to either replace or repair the fire alarm and detection system in the FGMSP facility.

“We will engage with Sellafield Ltd during the period of the enforcement notice to ensure positive progress is made to address the shortfalls identified.”

The notice requires that Sellafield Ltd makes the necessary improvements by 28 February 2023.

The ONR enforcement action relates to contraventions under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.