'Under Control': Europe Alarmed about Slovenian Atomic Incident
One day after a nuclear reactor in Slovenia was shut down, authorities say that no radiation leaked out. Still, neighbors are concerned about Slovenia's handling of the incident.
One day after a cooling water leak at a nuclear reactor in the Slovenian town of Krsko set off a European-wide early warning system, officials in Slovenia and Europe say that no radiation escaped and there is no cause for alarm.
The Slovenian nuclear reactor at Krsko began leaking cooling water on Wednesday evening.
Indeed, German Minister of the Environment Sigmar Gabriel on Thursday complained that the media significantly exaggerated the incident. Stories about a European "alarm," he said, were misleading because "we have a European-wide information system…. But there has never been a case when, for example, the European Commission has raised an atomic alarm. That is simply not true."
Austrian authorities have confirmed that tests have showed no elevation of radiation readings across the border from Krsko. Still, Austrian Environment Minister Josef Pröll said, "even if there was apparently no radiation leak in Krsko, our faith in Slovenia's early warning system is damaged."
It is not the first time that the nuclear reactor in Krsko has hit the headlines. Five years ago, a valve problem led to the reactor being shut down. The facility is 31 years old and is owned by both Croatia and Slovenia, covering 20 percent of Slovenian power needs and 15 percent of Croatia's.
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