Anomaly found at German nuclear power plant

7th June 2008, Comments 0 comments

German nuclear power station is taken offline due to fears of an internal leak

Karlsruhe -- A German nuclear power station has been taken offline because of an internal leak, government safety officials in south-western Baden-Wuerttemberg state said on Friday.

The problem at the Philippsburg plant near the city of Karlsruhe was rated at the second-lowest level, 1 for an "anomaly," on the International Nuclear Event Scale (INES).

The state environmental affairs ministry said falling pressure had been noticed on Thursday night in the outer vessel of reactor 1 at the site while the reactor was being powered up and the cause was being investigated.

There was no evidence of any release of radioactivity into the vicinity.

The vessel, which encloses all the main parts of the reactor, is supposed to maintain 20 millibars more pressure than the air outside, but had been losing 1 millibar per hour, presumably because of a leak.

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