IAEA says Slovenian nuke plant alert low-level
A coolant leak that shut down a Slovenian nuclear power plant rated as the lowest-level emergency on the International Atomic Energy Agency's scale, the UN agency said Thursday.
Wednesday's accident at the Western-built Krsko plant near the Croatian border was rated as zero on the zero-to-eight scale, an IAEA statement said. It was not considered an "incident," partly because no radioactivity was released, the IAEA said, reported dpa.
Slovenia reported a loss in the power plant's cooling system to the IAEA at 6:20 pm (1620 GMT) Wednesday, but said no radiation was released, the IAEA said.
Slovenia rated the incident as an "unusual event", the lowest of four levels defined by its national nuclear safety agency, the IAEA said.
At Slovenia's request, the IAEA informed the country's neighbours Austria, Croatia, Hungary and Italy, the Vienna-based agency said.
The IAEA said it will "continue to follow the situation."