HINKLEY Point B has admitted today that seven workers have been exposed to radiation, The Mercury can reveal.

The firm which runs the nuclear power plant near Bridgwater says the contractors were asked to leave the radiation controlled area as a precaution after the incident last week.

A spokesman for EDF Energy told the Mercury the workers were sent to a testing facility in Oxfordshire and were found to have been exposed to the same amount of radiation emitted in a dental X-ray.

It was also confirmed that all staff at the plant were informed of the incident the same day.

The spokesman said: "This was an incident we would have preferred not to have happened, but no one's health is at risk."

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