A new leak of radioactive material triggered a fresh nuclear safety concern at the Dounreay site in Caithness, it can be revealed. It has emerged that a mixture containing uranium radionuclides leaked from a transport drum storage area at the complex this year. The quantity was initially thought to meet the criteria for informing government ministers of the incident. However, a later investigation by the operators of the site found that the volume did not meet that threshold, and that there had been no risk to staff or the environment. The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR), which has highlighted the incident in its latest site report for Dounreay, intends to follow up the investigation.
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