April 12, 2006

Japan nuclear plant reports leak, no outside effect

TOKYO (Reuters) - Radioactive water leaked inside a new
Japanese nuclear reprocessing plant but no one was injured and
the leak had no effects outside the plant, a spokesman for the
plant's operator, Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd, said on Wednesday.

About 40 liters of water containing plutonium and uranium
leaked inside a concrete-lined cell at the plant for
reprocessing spent nuclear fuels in Rokkasho, northern Japan,
on Tuesday while an employee was conducting a remote-controlled
operation, the spokesman said.

He added that radioactivity monitors showed there had been
no effects outside the cell.

The plant began trial operations on March 31, and the
accident was the first at the facility, Kyodo news agency said.