SAFETY LAPSE OF AGEING NUKE PLANT

Bristol Evening Post, 18 June 2007

A Nuclear reactor at Oldbury Power Station was allowed to start up last month even though it had not been fitted with an important safety system.Papers released under the Freedom of Information Act show that the reactor was not judged safe enough to operate for the next 18 months but was allowed to start running again until November.

Britain 's nuclear watchdog the Nuclear Installation Inspectorate (NII) allowed Oldbury's ageing reactor to start up last month, just two weeks before it was closed down after an unrelated fire in a non-nuclear part of the power station.

The documents show the NII had pressed for the installation of a safety system, called a failed fuel trip system, which would automatically shut down the reactor if such a fire broke out.

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