Minor water leak reported at NC State’s nuclear reactor, WRAL, July 7, 2011:
North Carolina State University officials said Thursday that there is a low-level water leak in the liner that surrounds the campus nuclear reactor, but that it poses no danger to the public.
University spokesman Keith Nichols described the leak, discovered Saturday, as the size of a pinhead and that it was leaking about 10 gallons per hour from the 15,000-gallon tank. [...]
Nichols said it would be considered a public threat if the reactor were leaking at 350 gallons per hour.
The university is in the process of repairing the leak [...]
NC State says nuclear reactor leak poses no threat, WTVD, July 07, 2011:
[...] The reactor is housed in the Burlington Nuclear Engineering Laboratory. The building is located at 2500 Katharine Stinson Drive. [...]
NC State said the leak was suspected on Friday and confirmed on Saturday. It said the public was not informed sooner because of the low level of danger. The amount of radioactivity was compared to what someone might receive getting an x-ray.
The school says the leak is so small that special equipment is required to detect its location in the reactor’s lining. The company that can do that will not be in Raleigh until next week. In the meantime, the leak is being closely monitored. The reactor has been shut down since the leak was discovered.
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Published: July 7th, 2011 at 9:43 pm ET