14MTH NUKE LEAK AT POWER PLANT; Drip spotted day before PM arrived.
A RADIOACTIVE leak at a nuclear plant went undiscovered for more than a year until just before a visit by Gordon Brown.
Contaminated water vapour dripped from an overhead ventilation duct for 14 months at Sellafield in Cumbria, an internal inquiry has found.
A faulty flange at the site's Magnox reprocessing plant was noticed in January, a day before the PM arrived.
Management failures were blamed and campaigners say Sellafield Ltd should be prosecuted. It was fined pounds 500,000 for a more serious leak in 2005 at the site's Thorp facility.
A Cumbrians Opposed to a Radioactive Environment spokesman said the latest incident was "yet another sign of the slap-dash attitude to safety at Sellafield".
Bosses said it was "lowlevel" and no one was exposed.
BLUNDER Sellafield complex
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||May 15, 2009|
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