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Ukraine Nuclear Reactor Stopped

July 6, 2001

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KIEV, Ukraine (AP) _ A nuclear reactor at Ukraine’s Yuzhna atomic power plant was halted Friday after malfunction in its steam generator system, the state nuclear Energoatom company said in a statement.

No radiation leaks were reported, Energoatom said. The company did not say when the reactor would be restarted.

Ukraine relies on nuclear energy for about 40 percent of its electricity, but the country’s aging reactors are often shut down due to minor malfunctions or for repairs. Seven of a total of 13 reactors are currently working, the report said.

In December, Ukraine permanently closed down the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, site of the world’s worst nuclear accident in 1986 when its reactor No. 4 exploded, spewing radiation over much of Europe.

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