Incident Causes Emergency Shutdown of Finnish Nuclear Plant

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported that the Finnish Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK) reported that high levels of radiation were indicated at the Unit 2 Olkiluoto Nuclear Power Plant prompting an emergency shutdown.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported that the Finnish Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK) reported that high levels of radiation were indicated at the Unit 2 Olkiluoto Nuclear Power Plant  prompting an emergency shutdown. 

STUK said that radiation levels had risen inside the unit at 1 p.m. GMT but no radiation from the plant had entered the environment.

“An abnormal operational occurrence was detected at Olkiluoto 2 power plant … there is no danger to people or [the] environment. No need for protective measures. Do not take iodine tablets, no need to seek shelter inside.” tweeted STUK. 

The plant’s automatic systems were reportedly able to detect the raised levels of radioactivity in the steam pipes of the reactor’s cooling system, but the cause of the spike is still unknown and investigations are ongoing

STUK described the incident as “serious” and said that readiness protocols had been raised with the plant’s operator, TVO.

 “The situation is stable and the plant is safe. No such event has happened in Finland before,” reassured STUK Deputy Director Tomi Routamo.

Jarmo Tanhua, CEO of the nuclear power plant operator TVO, said the incident had not happened before.


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