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Another "safe" leak

August 17, 2012


Wastewater leaked at Oi nuclear plant, safety agency says no danger



TSURUGA, Japan (Kyodo) -- Around two tons of alkaline wastewater leaked Thursday evening from the seawater desalination system at Kansai Electric Power Co.'s Oi nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture, the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency and the utility said Friday.

The water leak at the plant's Nos. 3 and 4 reactors has already stopped and has not affected the safety of the reactors and the surrounding environment, they said.

It is believed that the wastewater accumulated in a drainage tank and spilled out as its outflow into the sea was interrupted due to a malfunction in the measuring gauge of the tank, according to them. [does this mean the waste water goes directly into the sea as a rule ?? ]

The two reactors were restarted last month despite lingering public concerns over the nuclear safety in the wake of the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi complex.


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