July 26, 2006

Small accident on Russian atomic submarine

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Radioactive water has spilled in a
Russian nuclear submarine, but has not escaped into the
environment, local media reported on Wednesday.

"The radioactivity level inside and outside the atomic
submarine is normal. There is no pollution risk," a navy
spokesman told Russian news agencies.

The feedwater -- which is used to cool the reactor -- had
been spilled when removing the reactor from the submarine in
the Arctic naval base of Vidyaevo, the news agencies said.

Any accident in an atomic submarine causes concern in
Russia, where memories are fresh of the 2000 Kursk disaster.
For several days, officials tried to hide the scale of the
sinking, which killed all 118 people on board.