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Pickering nuclear plant reports water leak
Risk to public is 'negligible' says Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
CBC News Posted: Mar 16, 2011 1:04 PM ET Last Updated: Mar 16, 2011 2:00 PM ET

Ontario Power Generation has notified Canada's federal nuclear regulator about the release of 73,000 litres of demineralized water into Lake Ontario at the Pickering A nuclear generating station.

The leak occurred at 11:30 p.m. ET on Monday at the plant located about 35 kilometres east of Toronto and was caused by a pump seal failure.

ďThe radiological risk to the environment and people's health is negligible,Ē Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission said in a statement.

The nuclear regulator and Environment Canada are monitoring the situation, the statement said.

Andrew Nichols of CBC News reported about the leak on Wednesday afternoon and said he spoke to an Ontario Power Generation spokesperson who told him the risk is minimal but that such leaks are not supposed to occur.

Nichols also spoke to Gordon Edwards of the Canadian Coalition of Nuclear Responsibility.

"In his words, 'What the hell is considered negligible?'" Nichols reported. "[Edwards] is concerned that itís the nuclear industry that is telling you and I and telling the public what is considered to be negligible but heís concerned that we donít have a proper sense of what negligible is," reported Nichols.

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