More fittings cracked at German nuclear reactor

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05 September 2007, Hamburg (dpa) - A close inspection has revealed two more cracked fittings on pipework at a German nuclear power station which is idle after a fire in its main transformer at the end of June.

05 September 2007

Hamburg (dpa) - A close inspection has revealed two more cracked fittings on pipework at a German nuclear power station which is idle after a fire in its main transformer at the end of June.

Vattenfall Europe, the operator of the plant at Kruemmel, east of Hamburg, said one of the fittings was on system for filtering the reactor water. The other was on a secondary cooling system.

Last week experts found similar cracks in fittings on a vacuum tube and another system. Neither the fire nor other defects since discovered have led to any radioactive leakage, but the Swedish-owned company is under fire for allegedly lax safety.

Kruemmel is one of Germany's 17 operational nuclear power reactors, but has not generated power since its shutdown on June 28.

German Environment Minister Sigmar Gabriel has called for seven other older plants to be decommissioned on the grounds of age, but was overruled this week by Chancellor Angela Merkel.

dpa

Subject: German news

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