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Spill at Kudankulam nuclear plant hurts six workers, no radiation leak
May 14, 2014 / 12:37 PM / 4 years ago

Spill at Kudankulam nuclear plant hurts six workers, no radiation leak

CHENNAI India (Reuters) - Six workers were injured when hot water spilled from a valve at Kudankulam nuclear power plant in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday, a plant official said, adding there was no leak of radiation.

Sea waves hit the rocks as Kudankulam nuclear power project plant is seen in the background in Tamil Nadu September 13, 2012. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/Files

The injured were carrying out maintenance work in the turbine building when the incident took place. After being given first aid on the spot, they were taken to hospital, said R.S. Sundar, the plant’s site director.

India started pumping electricity from the Russian-built power plant for the first time last October after long delays.

The plant has faced local opposition for a quarter of a century and witnessed violent protests in 2012 by villagers who said it was a threat to their safety.

Hundreds of millions of Indians still live without power and factories suffer frequent blackouts - an embarrassment to the country’s aspirations as an emerging economic powerhouse.

Reporting by Sriram Srinivasan in CHENNAI; Writing by Sruthi Gottipati; Editing by Douglas Busvine and Simon Cameron-Moore

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