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Danish reactor at Riso is leaking -- experts to investigate

Story Filed: Monday, May 08, 2000 9:13 AM EST

MAY 8, 2000, M2 Communications - A nuclear reactor at Riso, close to Roskilde in Denmark, is reportedly leaking.

There are fears that the reactor, which is reportedly the biggest in Denmark, is worn down and that it will be expensive to repair it since two leaks have been found within six months. The power plant is to be investigated by experts to determine whether it is safe enough to be operated. The reactor is 40 years old, according to Politiken, a Danish newspaper, and it is mainly used for research and to produce some radioactive isotopes.

According to experts, neither the staff at the power plant nor the inhabitants of the area are in any danger from the radioactive tritium that has been released both in the sewage water and into the air. A larger amount than necessary has been released due to mistakes made by the staff and the leakage.

It was possible to discover some glee in the article about the reactor in Dagens Nyheter, a Swedish daily newspaper, as the newspaper wrote that the Danes, who have protested against the Swedish nuclear power plant in Barseback for years, has got nuclear power problems to worry about at home.

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