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Leak at Finland Nuke Power Plant

October 5, 1999

HELSINKI, Finland (AP) _ Hydrogen gas escaped into the atmosphere Tuesday at a nuclear power station in southern Finland, but there was no radiation leak and no danger to the surrounding area, officials said.

The brief leak occurred as empty hydrogen gas containers were being replaced outside the Loviisa plant, 60 miles east of Helsinki.

``There was no danger to the power station workers, the environment or people in the vicinity,″ said Teuvo Parviainen of the Finnish Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority. ``It’s all over now. Everything is back to normal.″

Both 440-megawatt nuclear reactors at the plant functioned normally during the gas leak.

The Loviisa plant and another nuclear power station on Finland’s west coast produce 31 percent of the country’s electricity.

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