[ RadSafe ] Gas leak kills 2 at nuclear plant

Perle, Sandy sperle at mirion.com
Tue Apr 8 09:27:05 CDT 2008

While this was a "non-nuclear event", the wire services will obviously focus on the fact that it occurred in a nuclear plant in Pakastan.

Gas leak kills 2 at nuclear plant

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - A gas leak killed two workers at a nuclear plant undergoing annual maintenance Tuesday, Pakistani officials said.

The Khushab heavy water plant was shut down for maintenance when the gas leaked, the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission said.

"All necessary steps were taken, including evacuation of personnel as a precautionary measure," it said.

Police near the facility southeast of Islamabad say they were advised by plant officials to prepare buses for a wider evacation, but then were told they would not be needed.

"Situation was immediately brought under control, and two workers lost their lives while controlling the incident. There is no threat to public life," the Atomic Energy Commission said.

It said the leaking gas was burned off by plant equipment.

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