Source of Leak Found in Nuclear Reactor in India

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A coolant channel assembly is believed to be the source of a heavy water leak at the 220-MW Kakrapar 1 nuclear plant in India.
 
The pressurized heavy water reactor was shut down March 11 after a leak was discovered in the coolant system. The Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) said the pressure tubes of the collant channels in the reactor were replaced with ones made from improved material in 2011 as part of a pressure tube aging management program.
 
AERB says there was no release of radiation and no danger to workers or to the public. Workers will isolate the leak and perform other recovery operations before the unit is returned to service.
 
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