Kozloduy N-plant ‘is safe’

SOFIA (Reuters) – Bulgaria’s nuclear power plant Kozloduy yesterday halted the transfer of spent nuclear fuel from one of its 1,000-megawatt reactors after a crane malfunctioned. The 2,880-megawatt plant said there was no danger of nuclear contamination after a 16-ton crane shifting a cask with used nuclear fuel to a storage facility malfunctioned late on Tuesday. «The transport operations with the used fuel have been halted and repair work started on Wednesday,» the plant said in a statement. The company said it informed Bulgaria’s Nuclear Regulation Agency of the fault – initially assigned a «level zero» under the zero-to-seven International Nuclear Event Scale (INES) in which seven is the most serious.