November 11, 2008
Sub’s Radioactive Water Leak Probed
British environmental officials say they're looking into leaks of radioactive water from a nuclear submarine at a Royal Navy dockyard.
Ministry of Defense officials said 74 gallons of contaminated water spilled Friday from the HMS Trafalgar while it was docked at Devonport in Plymouth, England. Britain's Environment Agency is investigating the leak, the Daily Telegraph reported Tuesday.
Some, however, criticized defense officials for waiting three days before bringing the episode to light.
"This is very serious because it means there has been a breakdown in nuclear safety protocols," nuclear consultant John Large told the Telegraph. "The risk to the public is virtually zero but there was a risk to the workers who may have been exposed to this without being aware of it."