CTV News reported this afternoon:
Officials at New Brunswick Power have pegged a damaged pump diaphragm as the culprit of a recent radioactive heavy water spill at the Point Lepreau nuclear power plant.
Staff were evacuated from the plant in mid-December after four to six litres of the heavy water spilled from a monitoring equipment.
New Brunswick Power had been preparing to restart the reactor when the accident occurred:
The heavy-water system was being refilled at the time of the spill as part of the utility’s plan to restart the generating station after it was refurbished.
The plant’s restoration is three years behind schedule and $1 billion over the original $1.4-billion budget.