Full stop at Thorp Uranium Finishing Plant.

We received this message from Sellafield today:

Some news for you about Thorp following an engineer discovering an issue with the pressure inspection system.  There have been no leaks, releases to atmosphere or exposure to workers or public.  This is a precautionary measure. 

Thorp suspended processing on 23 August.  The reason is to undertake a review and incorporate inspections of supplementary plant items into existing inspection schemes associated with vessels in the Thorp Uranium Finishing Plant. This action has been taken as a precautionary step in order to ensure continued inspections compliance within the pressure system regulations. Although the plant has been operating steadily and safely, we have taken the conservative decision to shutdown THORP until the new documents are in place and the necessary inspections are carried out by competent independent experts. Timescales to restart the chemical plants are yet to be finalised and agreed but at this time, it is estimated that Thorp will remain shutdown for approximately 8-10 weeks.

From our view this meens that both the safety and information to us is been taken care of.  The information is perhaps given a little late.

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