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Radiation leak at Russian plant
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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.


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