[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Languages
Last Updated: Monday, 29 October 2007, 16:36 GMT
Radiation leak at Russian plant
Russia map
Russia says there has been a radiation leak at a nuclear reprocessing plant in the Ural mountains east of Moscow, but that it has not harmed anyone.

Local emergency officials say a faulty tap allowed radioactive waste to leak from a tank onto a stretch of road at the Mayak plant last Thursday.

Radiation levels inside and outside the plant are normal, the officials say.

The plant was a top secret Soviet atomic weapons facility. In 1957 it was the scene of a major nuclear accident.

In the latest incident, a violation of safety rules was blamed for the leak.

Russian prosecutors are considering whether to open a criminal case.



SEE ALSO



FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

PRODUCTS & SERVICES

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific