March 16, 2011 / 2:32 PM / 8 years ago

Canada regulator reports water leak at nuclear plant

* 73,000L of demineralized water leaked at nuclear plant

* Regulators say radiation threat “negligible”

TORONTO, March 16 (Reuters) - Canada’s nuclear regulator said on Wednesday there was a demineralized water leak at a nuclear power plant near Toronto late on Monday after a pump seal failed.

With world attention riveted on the nuclear crisis in Japan, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission said that the risk of radiation from the 73,000 liters of water released at the Pickering A generator was negligible.

Pickering A has two operating Candu reactors. The nuclear plant, along with its sister plant Pickering B, produce enough energy to fuel a city of 1.5 million people.

The complex is located in Pickering, Ontario, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) east of Toronto.

Canada’s Candu reactors use radioactive water, which is heated to produce steam, to drive the turbine. The reactors also contain non-radioactive water.

The nuclear regulator said it is monitoring the situation as are Canada’s environmental regulators.

In China, the government ordered a safety crackdown on new nuclear reactors on Wednesday in light of the nuclear crisis in Japan. [ID:nTOE72F088] (Reporting by Julie Gordon; editing by Peter Galloway)

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