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Radioactive water leaks at Japan’s Mihama nuclear power plant

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Seven tons of radioactive water leaked at Japan’s Mihama Nuclear Power Plant.

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On Monday morning, an alarm went off, indicating a decrease in the volume of water entering the pump. Workers found a puddle and collected more than 50 percent of the water in a tank.

The plant operator claims the incident will not affect the environment.

This is the first reactor over forty years old that was restarted after the Fukushima accident in 2011. It resumed operation in June last year, but it was stopped again in October, as the reactor did not comply with anti-terrorist security requirements. The company took the necessary measures and planned to restart the reactor this month.

By law, reactors at nuclear power plants can be used for no more than forty years, but the term can be extended for another 20 years if all requirements are met and inspections are carried out.

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