Japanese Nuclear Plant Shuts Down After Coolant Leak

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Dec 26, 2000 - 10:02 AM

Japanese Nuclear Plant Shuts Down After Coolant Leak The Associated Press

TOKYO (AP) - A reactor in the town that suffered Japan's worst nuclear accident was closed Tuesday to repair a four-month-old leak in the cooling system, the plant operator said. No radiation was released at the Japan Atomic Power Co.'s No. 2 Nuclear Station in Tokaimura, some 70 miles northeast of Tokyo, company spokesman Tomokuni Sugiyama said.

Workers had monitored a small leak in the cooling system since September. Operators decided to shut the plant down after seeing signs that the leak was affecting the system, Sugiyama said.

It was unclear how long the plant would be idle.

Tokaimura was the site of Japan's worst nuclear accident, when two workers were killed and hundreds exposed to radiation at a uranium reprocessing plant in September 1999.


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