(From AFP)

A radioactive water leak has halted plans to re-start a reactor at a nuclear power plant in western Japan, which would have been the fourth to come online after a nationwide shutdown, its operator said on Sunday.

Kansai Electric Power Co.'s (KEPCO) Takahama nuclear power plant, in Fukui prefecture, western Japan
Takahama nuclear power plant in Fukui prefecture, western Japan

Kansai Electric Power said some 34 liters of cooling water containing radioactive substances leaked out from the reactor at its Takahama plant in Fukui Prefecture.

“Resumption procedures related to the incident have been suspended as we are still investigating the cause,” a company spokesman said, adding that there was no impact on the environment outside the plant.

The government and utility firms have been pushing to get reactors back in operation nearly five years after a huge earthquake and tsunami caused a disastrous meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. Read More

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