Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 20°C

min temp: 15°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Sizewell A: Bosses investigating how sulphuric acid ended up in fuel storage pond

12:00 11 January 2013

Sizwell A power station

Sizwell A power station

Archant

NUCLEAR bosses are investigating how a small amount of dilute sulphuric acid ended up in a fuel storage pond.

shares

The incident happened at Sizewell A power station, which is run by Magnox Ltd and is currently being decomissioned. The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) have said they are happy with the way the incident has been handled and confirmed it posed no risk to public safety.

The dilute sulphuric acid was discovered in the fuel storage pond at Sizewell A on December 20. Over time it is understood this could have caused the casing on the outside of the fuel rods to erode.

A spokesman for Magnox Ltd said: “The event had no radiological significance or any off-site impact. The regulators have been informed.

“As a precaution the fuel stored in the pond is being dispatched to Sellafield [in Cumbria] for reprocessing and conditions in the pond are being returned to normal.

“Magnox is carrying out a full investigation of the event to ensure that any lessons are learned.”

A spokesman for the ONR said they were satisfied Magnox Ltd took appropriate precautionary actions.

“There was no radiological release and we are content the risk to the safety of employees and the public was negligible,” he continued. “Magnox Ltd has initiated its own investigation. Our inspectors will monitor the progress of this and, as routine, will make their own inquiries.”

shares

0 comments

Anne Brown, cabinet member for communities and healthy living at Essex County Council, said cutting rates of smoking was a public health priority for the authority.

More than one in 10 teenagers smoke in Essex, shock new figures have revealed.

South East Suffolk Magistrates Court

A 60-year-old dangerous driver has admitted clattering into two cars when he got behind the wheel having taken heroin.

Police attend the scene of a major incident near the train station in Bury st Edmunds on Tuesday 4th August.

Police have spoken to reassure residents after a man was shot in the stomach in Bury St Edmunds this evening.

Frederico Santa-Barbara of Jacobsen and Neil Cleverly, superintendent of the Rio Olympic Golf Course, with a selection of equipment supplied by Jacobsen for the course ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games.

Two machines built at the Ipswich factory of turf maintenance equipment company Ransomes Jacobsen have been delivered to the Rio Olympic Golf Course in Brazil.

The scene of an accident on the A1088 at Honington.

A doctor from Ixworth who died in a road traffic accident in west Suffolk has been described as “highly regarded” within his profession and “popular”.

AcCormorant flies near the Round Pond in Christchurch Park.

A cormorant was spotted diving in to the water in the Round Pond at Christchurch Park in Ipswich today.

The hoodie hides most of this man's face

The value of e-fits was defended last night as new figures reveal only one image released to the public in the past three years has resulted in an arrest.

Maritime Festival at Ipswich Waterfront.

Historic vessels, Old Gaffers, a food market and a funfair will all line the Waterfront for the annual maritime extravaganza later this month.

Officers detain a reveller in Ipswich town centre.

A clamp down on off-licences selling super-strength alcohol has been cited as a key reason behind a sharp drop in the number of people boozing and brawling in the streets of Ipswich.

Ipswich Magistrates Court in Elm Street.

A 60-year-old man is due to appear in court this morning charged with three driving offences.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages