Radioactive Leak At Reactor in Norway

The Independent 25.10.2016

RADIOACTIVE LEAK REPORTED AT REACTOR IN NORWAY

INVESTIGATION INTO WHY IT WAS NOT REPORTED UNTIL THE NEXT DAY.

The leak at the Halden in southern Norway spilled radioactive isotopes on
Monday and was due to a technical failure.
The Radiation Protection Authority says emissions are low. Staff were
evacuated immediately and no one was hospitalised.
The protection agency is investigating and not happy the incident was not
reported until the next day.

Comment from a supporter of Radiation Free Lakeland: “This casual attitude to nuclear leaks is common throughout the industry with an immediate reaction of playing down any dangers.The nuclear power industry has an inherent danger of “technical failures”.

2 thoughts on “Radioactive Leak At Reactor in Norway

  1. Interesting that first thing they did was run like hell. Then later they came back to see what had happened.
    That is where the term ‘scram’ came from. At the first Fermi reactor, when asked what the big red button was for, Mr Main Man replied ‘We push it if anything goes wrong, then we scram, ie. get out of here’.

  2. That is an old, unsafe reactor that was doing weird fuel and thorium experiments for international groups since at least 2012. The reactor dates from 1958. It was being shut down for lack of funding or had just been shut down. We can expect, based on history, to not be warned about a nuclear accident until 2 or 3 days later and sometimes decades later – all too late. The regulator was told one day late and the public then around two days late. I think this was from the spent fuel pool. They mentioned short-lived radioiodine but didn’t mention the long lived one, nor the many other nasties.

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