small nuclear research reactor in Norway, but without any effects on health or the environment, announced today by the Norwegian authorities.
The leak at the research reactor of the Institute for Energy Technology, located in a cave of a mountain in the centre of Halden, in southern Norway, started last Monday at 14:45 (uk time), but the Institute reported that it received notification today.
“There was a technical problem with a component of the fuel out of the reactor. This caused a leak of radioactive iodine in the chamber of the reactor,” said the French Agency, the Ca Strand, head of security, preparedness, and environment of the Norwegian Authority for Radiation Protection (NRPA).
A part of the drain was extended out from the plants, but in smaller quantities than those allowed in sub procedures, according to the agency.
“There is no impact for the environment nor for your health”, stated the Strand.
“But this type of problem is not supposed to happen and will be the subject of investigation,” he added.
The NRPA stated that also explores why it was updated for the leak today while happened yesterday.
Norway does not operate nuclear power plants to meet its energy needs, but the Institute for Energy Technology has two small reactors for research purposes.
On October 10, had announced a temporary closure for reasons of economy.