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STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Radioactive cesium has leaked into the
Baltic Sea from storage tanks at a nuclear power plant in central
Sweden, but poses no risk to the public or the environment, the state
nuclear authority said.
Even though cesium levels in the water are 10 times higher than
normal, they are still well below what's allowed under Swedish law,
the Swedish State Radiation Protection Institute said.
It was not clear exactly how much radioactive waste water had
leaked from the tanks at the Forsmark nuclear plant, 75 kilometers
(46 miles) north of Stockholm.
"We believe that storage tanks containing low- and medium-level
radioactive waste have corroded and leaked into the drainage system,
from where the water continues out into the Baltic Sea," institute
spokeswoman Anki Hagg said.
She said the institute had asked the plant management to take
measures to stop further leaks.
Forsmark accounts for roughly one-sixth of Sweden's electricity
production. The first of its three reactors was started in 1980.
Sweden has 10 nuclear reactors providing 50 percent of its
electricity, but the government plans to phase them out over the
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