Press: Crack in German Nuclear Plant Cooling System

Published October 28th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Technicians at Germany's Biblis A nuclear power plant are concerned about a crack that has been detected in its main cooling system, the weekly news magazine Der Spiegal has reported. 

In an article due out in its Monday edition, Spiegel said that ultra-sound equipment had detected the crack, and that staff at the plant were treating it seriously. 

A spokesman for RWE, which operates the Biblis a plant, confirmed a crack had been detected, but that it wasn't a big problem. 

"The crack is invisible to the naked eye. It's 15mm (just less than half an inch) deep, but the pipe is 35mm thick," spokesman Manfred Lang told AFP Saturday. 

"It is thin and in any case presents no danger because the Biblis a reactor was shut down for maintenance from September to November," he added. 

"Even if the reactor was working, it would not be serious." 

According to Spiegel, a reactor safety commission is meeting Tuesday to discuss the problem -- BERLIN (AFP)  



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