Japanese Nuclear Plant Incinerator Overheats

Date: July 3, 2003

Source: News Room

An overheated incinerator at a shuttered nuclear power plant in Tsurunga, Japan spewed smoke into the sky last week, causing no injuries and releasing no radiation but concerning the nation, which relies heavily on atomic energy. It is uncertain exactly what triggered the accident at the experimental plant, about 200 miles west of Tokyo. There was no sign of fire from the outside and the smoke died down without firefighters turning on their hoses, a local fire official said. Officials with the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said there was no danger of leaking radiation because the plant had not generated power since its reactors were shut in March.

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