Suspected nuclear leak was an exercise

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A SUSPECTED nuclear leak at Heysham 1 and 2 power stations was not a real emergency but an exercise, according to EDF Energy.

An EDF spokesperson said: “In a routine exercise at Heysham power stations today, Wednesday, November 16, the emergency services and local businesses were alerted as if it were a real emergency although it was immediately established that the incorrect warning message had been issued and it was in fact a station exercise.

“No nuclear event had taken place whatsoever.

“As soon as this was identified, the station issued another message to reassure the emergency services and businesses that it was an exercise not a real event.”

EDF said they carried out regular emergency exercises at all of their nuclear sites to test emergency arrangements, involving the local emergency services, local authorities and other agencies.

Heysham 1 Station Director Ian Stewart said: “We apologise for this mistake and any inconvenience this has caused and we will ensure that our systems and training are reviewed immediately.

“Exercises are a key learning tool and we will ensure that we learn from this experience.”