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April 9, 2000

Hundreds of workers were evacuated from a nuclear power station after a carbon dioxide leak.

Staff were led from Dungeness B power station, near Romney, Kent, at 11.30am amid fears that they risked being suffocated by the leak in the basement of the building.

Julie Mason, spokeswoman for the plant's owners and operators British Energy, said the alarm was raised when higher than normal levels of carbon dioxide, which is an asphyxiant, were detected by safety devices in the basement.


-- (, April 09, 2000


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Title: Emergency declared at nuclear plant

April 9, 2000

An emergency was declared at Dungeness B power station with hundreds of workers evacuated after a carbon dioxide leak, British Energy has said.

The alarm was raised amid fears that workers at the site near Romney, Kent, risked being suffocated by the gas leak in the basement of the building.

British Energy insisted the nuclear reactor itself was not at risk because it was shut down last November for maintenance.

Spokesman Julie Mason said the emergency was declared over a few hours after the scare started at 11.30am.

All 281 workers were accounted for.

She said: "Carbon dioxide levels in the reactor basement affected are back down to normal now. Everyone has gone back to work.

"An investigation has been launched into what caused the leak."

Fire engines and the emergency services were on stand-by at the scene.

A spokesman for Kent Ambulance Service, who had one ambulance at the power station, said: "There has not been any risk to anybody. It has been a purely precautionary measure." in_review_id=271615&in_review_text_id=217856

-- (, April 10, 2000.

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