Radioactive leak at Pickering nuke plant was contained: OPG source via Elliot Lake Standard

TORONTO – A faulty valve leaked radioactive heavy water Friday from a nuclear reactor at the Pickering power plant, Ontario Power Generation says.

The leak was contained and no one was exposed to any radioactive material, an OPG statement Monday said.

The valve was on Unit 7 which was undergoing maintenance at the time.

The radioactive heavy water was contained by one of the back-up systems in place and no evacuation of staff was necessary, OPG said.


The company boasts that no member of the public has been harmed due to a radiation emission from its nuclear plants or waste storage facilities in the more than four decades that the nuclear industry has existed in Ontario.

Bruce Power, a private company which runs nuclear facilities on the shores of Lake Huron, generates 6,300 megawatts.

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission requires that potassium iodine pills be distributed to anyone living or working within 10 kilometres of a nuclear facility to prevent thyroid damage in case of a significant release of radioactivity into the environment.

Greenpeace is calling on the province to expand its emergency plans for an area beyond 10 km.

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