alert: SELLAFIELD set to increase security levels
Whitehaven News, 20 March 2003
SELLAFIELD is all set to strengthen its security
in the face of Iraq war fears and a possible terrorist reprisal.
The site is ready to go on to Amber for the first
time since the New York Twin Towers attack.
"We will be able to quickly move to Amber at
short notice if directed to do so although at present there is no intelligence
to suggest there is any credible threat to Sellafield," said BNFL
spokesman Jamie Reed.
He went on: "Some of the increased security
activities required under Amber will have an immediate effect on the
workforce. We can't disclose details of any security precautions but
some of the measures will be time consuming and may lead to significant
traffic congestion. In order to alleviate any inconvenience to the local
community, all Sellafield workers have been asked to car share or use
public transport wherever possible. If Amber is declared and the traffic
congestion does produce major difficulties, it will be necessary to
ban all single occupancy cars from entering the site. These vehicles
will be directed to the Yottenfews car park where a shuttle bus service
will transport people on to and off the site."
Amber is next to the highest of the Sellafield security
alerts after Black and Special. Red is the highest.
n The Iraqi crisis has led to roads transport minister
John Spellar calling off his visit to Copeland - once again.
Yesterday Mr Spellar was due to meet a Copeland
Council delegation over the controversial decision to de-trunk the A595
south of Calderbridge along with general road communication issues.
Fergus McMorrow, for the council, said: "Cabinet ministers were
not allowed to leave London because of the Iraq situation but Mr Spellar
is still keen to come later on."