Nuclear Facility dangers abound during severe Earth Changes

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Nuclear plant in Taiwan catches fire

Nuclear plant in Taiwan catches fire
A loud noise was heard at midnight around the plant as the turbine released steam into the sky during the process, Taipower said. (Representative Photo)
BEIJING: Taiwan has shut down two reactors after a fire broke out at a nuclear power station in southern Taiwan shortly before midnight on Sunday.
The incident has caused no radioactive leak and no personnel have needed to be evacuated, Taiwan Power Company (Taipower) said in a statement on its website. 

The fire began inside an auxiliary electrical transformer at the Third Nuclear Power Plant in Pingtung County, setting off an alarm at 11:58pm, Taipower said. It was put out by the plant's own firefighters within 17 minutes of its occurance, it said. 

A loud noise was heard at midnight around the plant as the turbine released steam into the sky during the process, Taipower said. 

Taipower said preliminary investigations suggest that it will take two weeks to get the second reactor operational again. The transformer, which was one of a number of devices supplying electricity to the plant, has been damaged due to short circuit. 

The accident is expected to affect China's ambitious plans that include launching eight new nuclear power plants this year besides granting approvals for another set of six new plants. The government aims to build capabilities for producing 30,000 megawatts by 2020. 

Chinese nuclear experts have argued that the country has the best safety standards in place after the government recently lifted the ban on new plants, which was imposed after Japan's Fukushima accident in 2011. 

Giving details of the accident, Taipower said that another reactor in the affected plant, the No. 1 reactor is unaffected. 

The second reactor, which has a electricity generating capacity of 951 megawatts, has been in operation since May 1985. 

Taiwan has three nuclear power plants in operation and another one under construction. There has been much public debate about whether the island should become a nuclear power-free society, particularly in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear crisis.

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Egypt nuclear reactor in Cairo to begin June 21st and is already having problems, leaking radiocative materials.  Employees were forbidden to speak of the problems the facility is having.  It's a go.......... to open.views

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The Anshas nuclear reactor, located on the outskirts of Cairo, has leaked ten cubic meters of radioactive water for the second time in a year, according to Samer Mekheimar, the former director of the Nuclear Research Center's atomic reactions department. Mekheimar submitted a note to the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, saying the leakage took place on 25 May as a result of operating the reactor without taking into account safety precautions. He also said the Atomic Energy Agency kept the incident secret and threatened to fire the staff if they talked about it. "The fact that the reactor was by mere chance not operated the next day saved the area from environmental disaster," he wrote. "All ministries were changed after the revolution, except the Ministry of Electricity and Energy," he added. "It still kept the same minister and his deputies from the dissolved ruling party." Meanwhile, sources at the Nuclear Safety Authority said they were denied entry to the reactor to conduct an inspection. Director of the Atomic Energy Agency, Mohamed al-Kolaly, said that levels of radiation inside the reactor are normal, and that the International Atomic Energy Agency has praised the reactor
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Egypt nuclear reactor to begin operation this month
Saturday Jun 4, 2011 - 17:06
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Fort Calhoun, NE -- OPPD declares notification of unusual event at the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Station.
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Neb. nuke plant declares emergency due to flooding
http://www.klkntv.com/Global/story.asp?S=14848122

ZetaTalk: Nuclear Reactor Accidents


Written November 27, 2010

Perhaps that we can expect incidents at nuclear stations during the 7 of 10 events, i.e. in SE Asia on achievement of a 7/10, in the west and the north of the S America during its roll, during rupture of the New Madrid fault line, in the western Europe during a tsunami? I assume that earthquakes and tsunami can present some problems on nuclear pollution even before the pole shift. Any comments of the Zetas?

After the Chernobyl disasters it is understandable that mankind is nervous about the coming pole shift and the potential of nuclear disasters in their nearby power stations. We have encouraged all to contact the operators of these facilities, and advise them of the coming disasters, encouraging them to shut down the facilities at the first sign of major quakes and the like. We have explained that to a certain extent we, as benign aliens under the control of the Council of Worlds, can step in and remove the explosive potential from these power stations, as we have from nuclear bombs held by the US, by Russia, and by other nations. In a shutdown procedure, bolts that inhibit the nuclear reaction are dropped between the reactor rods, stopping the nuclear reaction cold. This is a simplistic explanation, as the power plant controls run on electricity which can surge or fail, thus interfering with a shutdown. Such electrical surges or failure, happening during a shutdown, has been associated with nuclear accidents at Chernobyl, and SL-1 for example. As the hosing from the magnetic tail of Planet X continues to waft over the Earth, such surge and brownout can be expected. We predict that many nuclear power plants will be shut down, permanently, during the Earth changes leading into the pole shift, due to a combination of earthquake threats or damage and electrical surge and brownout. The grid will, in any case, be down after the pole shift, so this is only an early loss. As to flooding of reactors during the Earth changes or the pole shift tides, other than interfering with the electrical controls, this does not create, in and of itself, a disaster. Water is used to cool the reactor rods. It is the absence of water, due to the pumps being inoperable, that is a problem.

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ZetaTalk: Nuclear Call
written February 4, 2012


The issue of whether benign alien assistance will come during disasters, neutralizing nuclear facilities, comes up often, understandably. Those who currently live near nuclear facilities worry constantly about sudden earthquakes or operator neglect, which can cause a meltdown with consequent radiation pollution far and wide. Fukushima is the latest example. As the earthquakes are on the increase, and the 7 of 10 scenarios about to afflict those countries which have utilized nuclear power extensively, this concern will only increase.

The answer in these matters, which we have repeatedly explained, is first that the Element of Doubt must be maintained. This is an aspect of the gradual awakening of mankind to the alien presence that ensures that contactees will not be savaged by those in panic, fearing for their lives. In the past, the establishment - MJ12 composed of the CIA, military intelligence, and the very wealthy - withheld information on their preliminary contact with aliens. Where they claimed they were saving the public from panic, this move was self serving as they wanted alien technology for themselves, and also did not want to be knocked from their perch in the eyes of the public.

Rather than reassure the public about the alien presence, the old MJ12 deliberately moved to foster fear in the public. Hollywood has been enlisted to produce a stream of movies showing aliens landing to eat people, colonize the Earth, and infect and takeover human bodies and minds. The old MJ12 likewise harassed and monitored contactees, to control the plethora of books and videos being produced by enthusiastic contactees. The Element of Doubt at base is to protect the growing army of contactees, whom the establishment fears. What it their threat? That they challenge the legitimacy of the establishment to lead, creating a secret network, an information exchange taking place on space ships among contactees, which the establishment is powerless to stop.

Enter the nuclear power plant issue, which is a legitimate concern even among those in the establishment. As the pace of the Earth changes has picked up, our answers have moved from being vague in 2008, stressing that this is in the hands of man, to hinting by 2010 that the collective Call from many in the Service-to-Other would make a difference and that alien interference would be allowed, to admitting after Fukushima in 2011 that some interference had occurred.

Has the degree of concern from Service-to-Other souls on Earth, giving a collective Call on this matter, made a difference? Unquestionably. From the start of ZetaTalk we have stressed that matters such as a healing only take place as a result of a Service-to-Other call. Those who Call for themselves, out of self interest, are ignored. The collective Call out of concern for others, made by those in the Service-to-Other on Earth, have and will make a difference on the nuclear power plant issue.

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Comment by M. Difato on February 9, 2017 at 2:56pm

Fire causes blast at nuclear plant in Normandy (Feb 9)

A fire led to a blast in the machine room of a nuclear power plant on France's north-west coast but there was no radiation leak or casualties, operator EDF has said.


A fire led to a blast in the machine room of a nuclear power plant on France's north-west coast but there was no radiation leak or casualties, operator EDF has said.

Staff at the Flamanville plant in Normandy immediately brought the fire under control, EDF said.

The cause of the fire, in the number one reactor building, was not immediately clear.
The machine room housing turbines that produce electricity is a non-nuclear area of the plant.

There was no radiation leak as a result of the fire or blast, EDF said.

The firm said the plant's number one reactor was subsequently disconnected from the grid - normal operating procedure in such circumstances.

Flamanville has two 1,300 megawatt reactors, the first in operation since 1985, and the second since 1986.

Source: AP, http://home.bt.com/news/world-news/fire-causes-blast-at-nuclear-pla...

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 8, 2017 at 11:09pm

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Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on December 12, 2016 at 9:18pm

http://www.wtae.com/article/crews-battle-atomic-plant-fire/8490239

Fire breaks out at Bettis Atomic lab in West Mifflin

Officials say fire posed no danger to the public

Updated: 8:54 AM EST Dec 12, 2016
Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory
Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory
WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. —

A small fire at an atomic power laboratory near Pittsburgh has been extinguished without incident or injury by the building's sprinkler system.

Officials at the Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory say there was no threat to the public from Sunday night's fire in West Mifflin.

The government-owned facility is operated for the Department of Energy and the U.S. Navy by Bechtel Bettis, Inc.

The technology developed there is used to power U.S. nuclear-powered warships.

The cause of the fire was still being investigated Monday. It occurred in an area that contains low-level radioactive material, none of which was released as a result of the fire.

Comment by Stanislav on December 9, 2016 at 9:28pm

Fukushima radiation has reached U.S. shores

9 December, 2016. For the first time, seaborne radiation from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster has been detected on the West Coast of the United States. Cesium-134, the so-called fingerprint of Fukushima, was measured in seawater samples taken from Tillamook Bay and Gold Beach in Oregon, researchers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution are reporting.

Because of its short half-life, cesium-134 can only have come from Fukushima. Also for the first time, cesium-134 has been detected in a Canadian salmon, the Fukushima InFORM project, led by University of Victoria chemical oceanographer Jay Cullen, is reporting. In both cases, levels are extremely low, the researchers said, and don’t pose a danger to humans or the environment.

Massive amounts of contaminated water were released from the crippled nuclear plant following a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. More radiation was released to the air, then fell to the sea.

Woods Hole chemical oceanographer Ken Buesseler runs a crowd-funded, citizen science seawater sampling project that has tracked the radiation plume as it slowly makes its way across the Pacific Ocean.

The Oregon samples, marking the first time cesium-134 has been detected on U.S. shores, were taken in January and February of 2016 and later analyzed. They each measured 0.3 becquerels per cubic meter of cesium-134.

Buesseler’s team previously had found the isotope in a sample of seawater taken from a dock on Vancouver Island, B.C., marking its landfall in North America.

Meanwhile, in Canada, Cullen leads the InFORM project to assess radiological risks to that country’s oceans following the nuclear disaster. It is a partnership of a dozen academic, government and non-profit organizations, including Woods Hole.

Last month, the group reported that a single sockeye salmon, sampled from Okanagan Lake in the summer of 2015, had tested positive for cesium-134.

The level was more than 1,000 times lower than the action level set by Health Canada, and is no significant risk to consumers, Cullen said. Buesseler’s most recent samples off the West Coast also are showing higher-than background levels of cesium-137, another Fukushima isotope that already is present in the world's oceans because of nuclear testing in the 1950s and 1960s.

Those results will become more important in tracking the radiation plume, Buesseler said, because the short half-life of cesium-134 makes it harder to detect as time goes on. Cesium-134 has a half-life of two years, meaning it’s down to a fraction of what it was five years ago, he said. Cesium-137 has a 30-year half-life.

A recent InFORM analysis of Buesseler’s data concluded that concentrations of cesium-137 have increased considerably in the central northeast Pacific, although they still are at levels that pose no concern.

“It appears that the plume has spread throughout this vast area from Alaska to California,” the scientists wrote.

They estimated that the plume is moving toward the coast at roughly twice the speed of a garden snail. Radiation levels have not yet peaked. “As the contamination plume progresses towards our coast we expect levels closer to shore to increase over the coming year,” Cullen said. Even that peak won’t be a health concern, Buesseler said. But the models will help scientists model ocean currents in the future. That could prove important if there is another disaster or accident at the Fukushima plant, which houses more than a thousand huge steel tanks of contaminated water and where hundreds of tons of molten fuel remain inside the reactors.

In a worst-case scenario, the fuel would melt through steel-reinforced concrete containment vessels into the ground, uncontrollably spreading radiation into the surrounding soil and groundwater and eventually into the sea.

“That’s the type of thing where people are still concerned, as am I, about what could happen,” Buesseler said.

Scientists now know it would take four to five years for any further contamination from the plant to reach the West Coast.

Tracking the plume

Scientists are beginning to use an increase in cesium-137 instead of the presence of cesium-134 to track the plume of radioactive contamination from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster. These figures show the increase in cesium-137 near the West Coast between 2014 and 2015. Source: statesmanjournal.com

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on December 1, 2016 at 12:59am

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3986750/Former-nuclear-site...

Former nuclear site in Washington state is 'causing workers to develop terminal illnesses' - and it won't be cleaned up for another 50 more years 

  • The Hanford Site in Washington state was used to produce plutonium from 1943 through the end of the Cold War
  • Washington River Protection Solutions is now cleaning up the site 
  • Workers at the site say they are being exposed to radioactive fumes 
  • A watchdog group says that three workers have died as a result of exposure to nuclear waste on the job  
  • Just this year, 61 workers have allegedly been exposed to toxic materials
  • But the government contractor says that everyone who has been checked out for possible exposure has been cleared to return to work 

A former nuclear site in Washington state is poisoning workers and threatening the health of those who live around it, according to a new investigation. 

Some experts have called the former Hanford nuclear plant 'the most toxic place in America' and 'an underground Chernobyl waiting to happen'.

The site, located in a rural area along the Columbia River, was commissioned by the Manhattan Project to produce plutonium for the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War II.  

It remained an active nuclear site until the end of the Cold War, when it was decommissioned and the Department of Energy subcontracted Washington River Protection Solutions to start the clean-up. 

But current and former workers at the site have told NBC that the underground containers holding the site's nuclear waste are leaking, and that they have been exposed to the toxic fumes because the company has not given them the right safety equipment. 

A former nuclear site in Washington state has been labeled 'the most toxic place in America'

Their health issues include dementia, nerve damage, memory loss and respiratory problems.

Watchdog group Hanford Challenge says that at least three workers' deaths have been linked to exposure at the site, but officials with Washington River Protection Solutions have refused to admit they are putting their workers in danger. Those workers are Gary Sall, Deb Fish and Dan Golden. 

But several studies show that's not the case and just this year, 61 workers have allegedly been exposed to toxic materials. 

For their story, NBC spoke to DOE Deputy Assistant Secretary Mark Whitney, who said that all workers who have been evaluated for possible exposure have been cleared to return to work.

As for the workers who claimed that they have become seriously or terminally ill because of their work at the site, Whitney says they believe these illness were not caused by the job.  

'I wish we had a more complete understanding of those circumstances,' Whitney said. 'A lot of effort the last couple years has gone into strengthening our efforts to deal with the potential vapor exposure issue.'


A watchdog group says three workers have died as a result of exposure to toxic fumes while cleaning up the site 

NBC pushed Whitney on one specific case, involving a worker named Diana Gegg who says she now has dementia because of exposure on the job. 

When confronted with Gegg's medical assessment, showing doctors believe her possibly terminal illness is a direct result of her exposure at Hanford, Whitney refused to comment. 

'I'm not a medical professional and can't provide a qualified medical opinion,' he said. 

The state Attorney General Bob Ferguson is taking action against the situation at Hanford, by suing the federal government for their 'unforgivable' lack of action in protecting workers. 

'They've known for decades. It's been going on year after year, report after report,' Ferguson said. 

He added: 'And to be candid, they have to live with themselves on that. I ask the question all the time, 'How many more workers have to get sick at Hanford before they do something about it? How many?' Please ask them. I really want to know.' 

The DOE issued a statement saying their primary concern is worker's safety.

And there is hope since $50million was invested this year in improving air monitoring at the site. The government contractor has also reached an agreement with its workers' union to provide air tanks to all workers, something experts say could lessen the chance of exposure.




Comment by M. Difato on November 22, 2016 at 3:04pm

FUKUSHIMA REACTOR COOLING SYSTEM STOPS FOLLOWING QUAKE & TSUNAMI 

http://thewashingtonstandard.com/fukushima-cooling-system-fails-tsu...

One of the worst case scenarios is happening again.

According to reports, Fukushima is being struck again by a tsunami after a large 7.4 earthquake – just updated from reports of a 7.3 earthquake – struck off the main island directly in front of the Fukushima Prefecture where the beleaguered TEPCO nuclear plant is situated.

via CNN:

A TSUNAMI WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR JAPAN’S FUKUSHIMA PREFECTURE AFTER A 7.3-MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE STRUCK OFF HONSHU AT 5:59 A.M. TUESDAY (3:59 P.M. MONDAY ET), ACCORDING TO THE JAPAN METEOROLOGICAL AGENCY.A TSUNAMI WAVE OF 1-3 METERS (3-10 FEET) IS POSSIBLE, ACCORDING TO THE AGENCY.

Numerous aftershocks, somewhere in the range of 5.0 to 5.4 are being widely reported as well.

According to RT, that tsunami has advanced and has now affected the cooling system at Fukushima. Seriously – this is reportedly happening!

FUKUSHIMA REACTOR COOLING SYSTEM STOPS FOLLOWING QUAKE & TSUNAMI

THE COOLING SYSTEM OF THE THIRD REACTOR AT THE FUKUSHIMA NUCLEAR POWER PLANT HAS STOPPED CIRCULATING WATER FOLLOWING A POWERFUL 7.3 OFFSHORE EARTHQUAKE.

TOKYO ELECTRIC POWER COMPANY (TEPCO) TOLD NATIONAL BROADCASTER NHK THAT THE COOLING SYSTEM IN THE REACTOR 3 SPENT FUEL POOL STOPPED WORKING. JAPAN’S NATIONAL NUCLEAR AGENCY HAS CONFIRMED THAT THE TEMPERATURE RISE IN THE POOL IS “GRADUAL.” THE EXACT CAUSE OF THE COOLING SYSTEM STOPPAGE IS CURRENTLY UNKNOWN. HOWEVER, THE SYSTEM MIGHT HAVE BEEN “SHAKEN” DURING THE EARTHQUAKE, ACCORDING TO NUCLEAR AGENCY OFFICIALS, AS REPORTED BY NHK. NO COOLING WATER LEAKS OR ANY OTHER “ABNORMALITIES” HAVE BEEN REPORTED.

There may still be large waves – potentially as big as 10 feet – that hit the shores of Japan, though the size and extend, and the potential scope of the damage and/or loss of life remains to be seen.

On March 11, 2011 a 9.0 magnitude earthquake struck near Japan and triggered an enormous and devastating tsunami that crippled the nuclear power plant, and exposed that world’s oceans and biosphere to potential contamination.

Fukushima is already an open wound but these new events could exacerbate the problems – or magnify them.

That’s why it is so completely disturbing that the powers that be never properly fixed the problems that were still ongoing after years. The situation at Fukushima Daiichi was never fully contained, and the reactors continued to leak; there is no way to stop the reactions or disable the rods. The authorities simply lied and killed all the press coverage, forcing silence on the issue, except for the online blogosphere, where the issue has lived on as a hotly debated topic that people believe is causing health problems and environmental issues on a widespread basis.

But whatever has been swept under the rug is likely to come to the forefront if a new tsunami brings massive destruction to Japan’s mainland again.

The failure of the cooling systems is – for now – only the first problem to be acknowledged in news reports. The situation is ongoing, and less than 24 hours have passed.

Considering that the corporate and government authorities in Japan made a concerted effort to silence bad news and pretend the problem away, there is no reason to believe that transparent coverage about what happens after this new earthquake and tsunami will be forthcoming.

So keep your eyes open, and your screen’s recording what is being reported and what other information comes out.

RT has continued live coverage of the events in Japan.

The reality of a potential catastrophe compounding the existing damage at Fukushima, and to everything its waters touch, simply may not be reported.

The powers that be on the Internet, and in the spheres of politics, are going out of their way to censor the grassroots media that thrives online, and are using 21st Century gestapo tactics to silence what they are labeling “false news.”

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 5, 2016 at 12:49am

http://www.aikenstandard.com/news/wipp-collapse-initiates-mine-evac...

WIPP collapse initiates mine evacuation

The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, or WIPP, has suffered another collapse - this time outside of the closed southern section, prompting an evacuation of workers in the underground facility in Carlsbad, New Mexico.

The fourth collapse this year is the first since early October. According to a press release from the U.S. Department of Energy, workers in the facility heard a loud noise and observed salt dust.

When the indications of the fall were reported, a mandatory evacuation was ordered for the entire facility.

WIPP is an underground facility that serves as a repository for transuranic, or TRU, waste. The site accepts waste from nuclear facilities around the U.S., including Los Alomos National Lab in New Mexico, Hanford site in Washington and Savannah River Site in South Carolina.

The facility has been closed for operations since 2014 after a nuclear materials release and a salt truck fire caused safety concerns. The site is scheduled to reopen by the end of 2016 and begin accepting waste shipments after July 31, 2017. While the cave-ins have prompted concerns about those dates, DOE officials said they are committed to opening the facility safely and on time.

The workers who alerted to the collapse were in an area identified by the press release as “Panel 7.” According to a facility map provided by DOE in a previous release, Panel 7 is outside of the closed-off southern section of the underground plant.

That section contained both the previous nuclear material release and the three other collapses. According to officials and previous DOE releases, those events prompted the closure of the far southern section.

Officials then said the closure would not impact storage volume for future shipments but have not made it clear whether the Panel 7 collapse will impact the waste disposal volume of the facility.

Potential impacts of WIPP issues include programs at Savannah River Site. Aside from other TRU waste, which primarily consists of gloves, rags and other contaminated materials involved in operations, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions plans to send downblended plutonium to WIPP from 

K-Area.

The capability of K-Area to downblend, or dilute and dispose of, the plutonium is an element in the DOE decision to move away from the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility, or MOX.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 2, 2016 at 4:38am

http://www.wtvy.com/content/news/Alert-declared-at-Farley-Nuclear-P...

Alert declared at Farley Nuclear Plant

By WTVY News 4 | 
 

DOTHAN, AL (WTVY) An alert was issued late Tuesday at the Farley Nuclear Plant.

A company press release said an ammonia leak was detected in an area of the Unit One reactor.

The alert is the second least serious and Alabama Power spokesperson Linda Brannon said there is no threat to the public.

Farley spokesperson Inice Tarrant said employees were removed from the affected area and none were injured.

She also confirmed the Dothan Fire Department has dispatched ammonia monitoring to the plant.

Unit One, where the ammonia was detected, is now non-operational during previously scheduled re-fueling.

Unit Two continues to operate normally.

A special response center in Dothan was activated as a matter of regulatory procedure.

While some responders are on standby they will only be dispatched if needed and Brannon says there is no need for them at this time.

Again -- Farley stresses there is no danger to the public.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on October 26, 2016 at 3:18am

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/radioactive-leak-nor...

Radioactive leak reported at Norwegian nuclear reactor

Authorites investigate why the facility did not report the incident until the next day

A radioactive leak has occurred at a nuclear reactor in Norway, authorities have said.

The reactor at the Institute for Energy Technology in Halden, southern Norway, spilled radioactive iodine isotopes on Monday, according to the Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority (NPRA).

"The radioactive leak was due to a technical failure during treatment of the fuel in the reactor hall. Emissions are low,” the NRPA said.

Staff at the facility were evacuated immediately after the incident but the NPRA was not informed until the following day.

The leak has now been contained and is not thought to pose a health risk to anyone outside the facility. Staff working on the reactor did not receive “any radioactive doses of significance”, the Institute said.

The Halden Reactor, which was built in a mountain cave in the 1950s, was closed for maintenance at the time of the accident.

"We will investigate how this could happen and why we were not warned until the following day," the NPRA said in a statement.

Its head of safety, Per Strand, added: "We need to gather more information ... But we are not happy with the situation, that we were not warned immediately. We will investigate further”.

Comment by M. Difato on September 14, 2016 at 8:48am

4 South Korea nuclear reactors suspended due to earthquakes

September 13, 2016,  http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201609130014.html
SEOUL--South Korea's nuclear operator said early on Tuesday it suspended operation of four reactors at a nuclear power complex as a precaution late on Monday after two earthquakes struck the country's southeast.

The earthquakes, of magnitude 5.1 and 5.8, occurred on Monday night near the city of Gyeongju, according to South Korea's meteorological agency.

The 5.8 magnitude earthquake was the strongest recorded in South Korea, an official at the meteorological agency said.

Two injuries had been reported as a result of the quake, but no serious damage had been immediately reported, the agency said.

State-run Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Co. shut down the Wolsong No. 1, Wolsong No. 2, Wolsong No. 3 and Wolsong No. 4 reactors, with a combined capacity of 2,779 megawatts, an official with the operator said.

It was not immediately clear when the four reactors would restart.

The shutdown of the four takes the number of reactors offline in the country to seven, according to KHNP website.

KHNP, owned by state-run utility Korea Electric Power Corp. (KEPCO), operates 25 nuclear reactors in Asia's fourth-largest economy.

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