Minor radioactive leak at Temelin

01-06-2001

A spokesman for the controversial Temelin nuclear power plant in South Bohemia says several cubic metres of radioactive water leaked from the plant's reactor on Wednesday during tests. The spokesman said radiation levels were very low, as all the water had remained within the reactor's safety shell. He added there was no danger to the plant's staff or the environment, and said the leak was caused by human error, not system failure. The clean up operation was completed by Thursday morning. Temelin has been the source of a bitter dispute with anti-nuclear Austria and environmentalists, who say that its design, which combines Russian technology with a U.S. safety system, may be dangerous. Temelin is currently shut down for repairs.