Canadian nuclear plant leaks demineralized water

AP News
Posted: Mar 16, 2011 6:39 PM

Canada's nuclear regulator says a leak at a power plant in Ontario caused more than 19,200 gallons (73,000 liters) of demineralized water to be released into Lake Ontario, but there is no significant risks to public health.

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission said Wednesday that the water was released from the Ontario Power Generation plant in Pickering, Ontario, around 11:30 p.m. Monday. The agency says the leak was caused by pump seal failure.

Ontario Power Generation says the leak was stopped immediately and the pump seal is being replaced.

The plant says the filtered water contained trace amounts of tritium _ far below any regulatory limits _ and should have no impact on the quality of the drinking water, some of which is sourced from Lake Ontario.

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