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Radioactive water leaks at Genkai via The Japan Times Online

Mayor irate as utility fails to reveal glitch at suspended reactor

SAGA — Kyushu Electric Power Co. said Saturday that 1.8 tons of radioactive water leaked in the purification system of an idled reactor at the Genkai power plant in Saga Prefecture, and drew flak for failing to promptly disclose the incident to local authorities.

The utility detected the leak Friday morning but only told local governments it was having pump troubles with its No. 3 reactor, which is undergoing a regular check.

The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said the leak within the purification system did not pose an immediate safety threat and urged Kyushu Electric to investigate the cause.

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