Radioactive leak at Czech plant [ RadSafe ] [Nuclear News] Nu clear plant planning moves ahead

Franta, Jaroslav frantaj at
Thu Mar 1 10:23:01 CST 2007

I can see the great newsworthiness of this story.....

"About 2 000 liters of radioactive water leaked.... to a special tank
through a special sewage system.... an open valve caused the leak."

But I think that even with my amateurish journalistic talents, I could
easily top that:

"Tens of thousands of liters of radioactive water leaked for days.... from
the reactor to a special steam generator through a special piping system....
an open pipe caused the leak."


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Subject: [ RadSafe ] [Nuclear News] Nuclear plant planning moves ahead


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Radioactive leak at Czech plant

Prague - About 2 000 liters of radioactive water leaked at the Czech 
Republic's Temelin nuclear power plant, but did not contaminate the 
environment, an official said on Thursday. 

The water leaked early on Tuesday at the plant's first unit, which is 
currently shut down for fuel replacement, plant spokesperson Milan 
Nebesar said. 

"The water went to a special tank through a special sewage system and 
none of it leaked to the environment," Nebesar said. He said that an 
open valve caused the leak. 

The plant's second unit was running at full capacity. 

Nebesar said the plant's management has informed Czech and Austrian 
authorities about the leak. 

The Czech Republic and Austria have been at odds for years over the 
plant. Environmentalists in Austria have demanded that the plant, 
located only 60 kilometres from the Austrian border, be closed 
because of security concerns. Czech authorities insist it is safe. 

Construction of the plant's two 1 000-megawatt units, based on 
Russian designs, started in the 1980s. The reactors were later 
upgraded with US technology, but have remained controversial because 
of frequent malfunctions.


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