Oconee Nuclear Station (Photo from wikipedia.org)
Oconee nuclear power station in South Carolina has been taken offline after a radioactive leak was discovered.
The leak in the unit 1 containment building was suspected late last week and confirmed on Monday. ONS spokeswoman B.J.Gatten said that less than one tenth of a gallon a minute was leaking though she admitted it is not known how long the leak has been there.
Just assuming it started on Friday, and the leak really is around a tenth of a gallon, that’s a leak of around 720 gallons of radioactive material so far.
The plant, run by Duke Energy, was originally planned for closure during 2013, but its license has been renewed meaning it will now close in 2033.
The cause of the leak has not been stated at this point.
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