Scathing safety notice must see change in behaviour at Dounreay

A scathing improvement notice warning of the unacceptable risks that are being taken at Dounreay nuclear plant must see a change in behaviour at the site.

An investigation by the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) into a fire in October at the prototype fast reactor uncovered “a poor compliance culture and unacceptable behaviours of personnel on site.” It was previously reported that radioactivity was released as part of the fire, with trace amounts of tritium escaping from the site.

Rob GibsonCommenting, SNP MSP Rob Gibson said:

“This improvement notice must be a wakeup call to management at Dounreay and see safety at the site drastically improved.

“The safety of staff at Dounreay, people living in the area and the local environment must always be the top priority and any lapses that have taken place are extremely concerning.

“Safety procedures are there for a reason and it is completely unacceptable if they are not being followed – particularly when radioactive material is involved.

“I will be meeting with the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority regarding this and seeking straight answers on behalf of people in the area.”


Pictured is SNP MSP Rob Gibson


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