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Nuclear Reactor Shut Down after Radioactive Leak at Olkiluoto NPP, Finland

Posted by feww on April 8, 2016

Defective fuel rods force reactor shutdown at Finland’s Olkiluoto 1

“​Defective fuel rods have been found at OL1 nuclear power plant unit. Electricity production at the plant unit will be stopped for the duration of the work on Monday 11 April 2016,” according to a press release issued by Teollisuuden Voima nuclear power company.

​Radioactive substances have been released from the defective fuel rods into the reactor water, the company said.

The reactor core has a total of 500 fuel assemblies, with about one hundred fuel rods embedded in in each assembly.

The BWR reactor became operational in October 1979.

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