Swedish nuclear plant security breaches "potentially fatal"

Narrowly-avoided accidents and drunken staff could have led to people being killed, according to a leaked internal report.

Swedish Television News says the damning assessments of standards at the Forsmark plant, north of Stockholm, were carried out in October, three months after reactors there were shut down after problems with their electricity supply.

The review of procedures says the incident was not just down to technical difficulties, but also a relaxation of the plant’s security culture, which it says had been going on for some time.

During a modernisation programme the year before there were 22 accidents and 68 near-misses and several members of staff were sent home for having alcohol in their systems.