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Years-long leak at Taiwan nuclear plant

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TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan's government watchdog said a small leak at one of the island's three nuclear power plants has yet to be halted 31/2 years after it started. The report comes as the island's legislature is mired in a debate on whether to hold a referendum on operating a fourth nuclear plant, scheduled to open in 2016.

Officials at the Shihmen plant, north of Taipei, say the leak cited by the watchdog body is condensate from vapour generated by routine maintenance and posed no threat to the environment or to plant staff. Nuclear power is a lightning-rod issue in Taiwan, particularly after the 2011 Fukushima disaster in nearby Japan.

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 10, 2013 A21

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