June 27, 1989 |
The Soviet Union said Monday that, despite a pipe that burst in the reactor of one of its nuclear-powered submarines and an apparent fire that followed, there has been no radiation leakage from the vessel in the Norwegian Sea and no casualties. Gen. Dmitri T. Yazov, the Soviet defense minister, told the government newspaper Izvestia that the pressure seals around the submarine's main power plant had also been broken when the high-pressure pipe burst during a dive. But Yazov said that the vessel's captain had managed to bring the damaged submarine to the surface quickly and shut down the nuclear power plant, which has twin reactors, without any radiation leakage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 2012 |
The San Onofre nuclear power plant came under renewed scrutiny last week after a small radiation leak and the discovery of extensive tube damage. The leak and the tube wear "at no point posed a danger to the community or to workers on site," said Jennifer Manfre, spokeswoman with Southern California Edison, which operates the facility. But the incidents raised concern among environmental groups, which for years have kept a close eye on the plant near San Clemente following other safety problems.
June 28, 1989 |
A leak in the nuclear power system of a Soviet submarine probably contaminated the vessel but not the environment outside, a Norwegian expert said Tuesday. The submarine, built in the 1960s, billowed smoke and steam when its reactor's cooling system broke down Monday, 70 miles from the coast of Norway. Soviet officials say there was no radiation leak. They say the reactor was shut down and no one was injured. But Knut Gussgard, acting chairman of Norway's Committee on Peacetime Nuclear Accidents, said pieced-together details of the accident aboard the submarine show a reactor cooling circuit most likely leaked radioactive water and steam into the vessel.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 2011 |
The federal government's radiation alert network in California is not fully functional, leaving the stretch of coast between Los Angeles and San Francisco without the crucial real-time warning system in the event of a nuclear emergency. Six of the Environmental Protection Agency's 12 California sensors ? including the three closest to the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant near San Luis Obispo ? are sending data with "anomalies" to the agency's laboratory in Montgomery, Ala., said Mike Bandrowski, manager of the EPA's radiation program.
June 25, 2012 |
For the first time since Japan's nuclear disaster last year, seafood caught off the Fukushima coastline is being sold in local markets to test customer demand. On Monday, two types of octopus and one variety of marine snail deemed clear of radioactive cesium were on sale, often at deep discounts, according to the Fukushima Prefecture fishing cooperative. Contamination worries still persist concerning fish, which aren't yet ready for consumption, according to Japanese media reports.
May 8, 1986 |
The Soviet government said Wednesday that radiation levels more than 19 miles around the damaged Chernobyl reactor have risen above normal but pose no threat to public health. The Council of Ministers said in a statement that the higher radioactivity occurred only in areas "directly adjoining" the danger zone--the area within a 19-mile radius of the plant. Most of the people in the zone were evacuated a week ago Sunday as a precautionary measure.