There’s A Mysterious Leak In This Nuclear Reactor And Nobody Knows Why


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Andrew Follett Energy and Science Reporter
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An Indian nuclear reactor is leaking small amounts of radiation and scientists aren’t sure why.

Pipes in Kakrapar Nuclear Power Plant in Gujarat, India have contracted what scientists call “small pox.” This has spread throughout the plant’s pipes and scientists do not understand why that has happened.

The company that owns the plant said the “reactor had shut down safely” and “no radiation leaked out.” No worker was exposed and no radiation leaked outside the plant, according to India’s Department of Atomic Energy.

To prevent panic and reduce the risk of an accidents, India’s Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) has shut down the affected reactors till the cause has been found.

As American reactors continue to age, India is accelerating its shift towards nuclear power by building several nuclear power plants. India has plans to generate 25 percent of its electricity from nuclear power by 2050, according to the World Nuclear Association. America could get less than 10 percent of its electricity from nuclear by 2050, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency.

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