Bulgaria's N-Plant Accident "Due to Aged Equipment"

Politics | October 11, 2006, Wednesday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0
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The radioactive leak that was detected in Bulgaria's only Nuclear Power Plant in Kozloduy on Saturday, has been caused by the aged equipment, which is some 19 years old.

There is no risk to anyone whatsoever, the plant's manager Ivan Genov told bTV channel.

Nothing has been contaminated and the radioactive emission has been minimal - less than what a person gets when getting their tooth x-rayed, Mitko Yankov, chief of the plant's Safety Department has said.

Genov explained that the plant didn't hide the information from the media but preferred to know the scope and nature of the accident before they release any statements. He also pointed out that since the leak took place on Saturday, they were well in line with the regulations reporting it on Monday, as the law stated that they had to announce of the accident within the following workday.

When asked how many steps the plant was from a serious breakdown, Genov answered - as many as it takes to walk from the Earth to the Sun. He also dissuaded any fears that the leakage had anything to do with the oil spill that has been travelling along the Danube, adding that the spill had nothing to do with the plant.
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