Tsuruga leak is iodine and xenon gas

Energy Business Review reported this morning:

Japan Atomic Power said it may shut No. 2 reactor at its Tsuruga nuclear plant due to a technical problem.

The company said it identified a possible leak of iodine from the 1,160MW reactor’s nuclear fuel assemblies into its coolant.

According to the company, 4.2 becquerels of iodine-133 and 3,900 becquerels of xenon gas were detected per cubic centimeter, up from 2.1 becquerels of iodine and 5.2 becquerels of xenon deteced earlier.

Japan Atomic said there may be a pin hole created in a zirconium alloy encasing fuel pellets and added that there had been no radiation leak from the facility.

Leaking fuel rod, and all they’re doing is thinking about shutting down the reactor?

Link: http://nuclear.energy-business-review.com/news/japan-atomic-to-close-tsuruga-nucelar-plants-no-2-reactor-030511

 

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