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Sub may have leaked radiation

August 02, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Japan's Foreign Ministry says the U.S. Navy has warned it of a possible radioactive leak from a nuclear sub during recent port calls.

The ministry said a small amount of radioactivity might have leaked from the Houston, which made calls in the southern Japanese naval ports of Sasebo and Okinawa in March and April.

The leak was detected in June during its routine maintenance in Hawaii, the ministry said. It said the leak was negligible and was believed to have posed no threat to humans or the environment.

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