Russian nuclear icebreaker leaking coolant

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The Norwegian environmental organization Bellona reported today:

The Russian nuclear-powered icebreaker Taymyr is returning to its home port after tiny cracks in the first cooling circuit of the ship’s reactor were found to be leaking large quantities of cooling water, sources told Bellona web.

Increased radiation levels were observed in the reactor room of the Taymyr, and upon visual inspection, a hole, which is leaking some 20 to 30 liters of cooling water a day, was discovered in the welding, a highly placed source within Atomflot, the port that houses Russia’s nuclear icebreakers  told Bellona Web.

The cause of the hole is currently thought to be either metal fatigue, faulty welding or both.

Link: http://www.bellona.org/articles/articles_2011/tamyr_coolant_leak

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About Robert Singleton

By day, I work for a call center. In my spare time, I try to save my hometown (and planet) from a nearly constant onslaught of greedheads, lunatics and land developers. I live in a fictional town called Austin, Texas, where I go to way too many meetings.
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