Toronto Nuclear Plant Reports Pump Leak

Wednesday, March 23, 2011 @ 05:03 PM gHale

A nuclear power plant 25 miles east of Toronto leaked 19,000 gallons of water into Lake Ontario, Canadian atomic regulators said.

The incident happened just before midnight Monday at the Pickering facility, but officials didn’t make a statement until Wednesday afternoon, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. said.

A faulty pump seal allowed for the leak of demineralized water used to cool the reactors, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission said in a statement.

“The radiological risk to the environment and people’s health is negligible,” the commission said, which would suggest the water did not suffer from exposure to the radioactive core.

The Canadian-built Candu nuclear reactors at Pickering on the shore of Lake Ontario began operating in 1971 and went offline for maintenance and upgrades for months in 1997.

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