Nuclear Reactor at Genkai Japan leaked 1.8 tons of radioactive water

December 11, 2011 at 1:51 am (environmental)

Reprinted from National Association of Radio Distress-Signalling and Infocommunications-Budapest Hungary

Radioactive water leaked inside a nuclear power plant in southwestern Japan but did not escape into the environment, the government said Saturday. The leak Friday at Kyushu Electric Power Co.’s Genkai plant occurred as Japan attempts to stabilize a tsunami-hit nuclear plant on its northeastern coast where three reactor cores melted and large amounts of radiation were released into the air and ocean. Tetsuya Saito, spokesman for Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, said 1.8 tons of radioactive water leaked from a pump in Genkai’s No. 3 reactor, and the cause was still under investigation. The water was funneled into a storage area and posed no safety risk, he said. Kyushu Electric issued a statement Friday about a pump problem but did not mention the leak. Officials at the utility were not immediately available for comment Saturday. “There have been various problems at Genkai,” Saito said. “But there is no safety problem as a result of what happened this time.” He said it was up to Kyushu Electric to determine whether to announce the leak. Genkai Mayor Hideo Kishimoto complained that the utility has not been fully open with information. “The local government needs to know,” Kyodo News agency quoted him as saying. “I have repeatedly demanded the utility change its ways.”


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