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Corroded storage barrels found at nuclear power plant in Germany

A quarter of the barrels holding radioactive materials at Vattenfall’s nuclear power plant in Germany are showing signs of rust or corrosion, according to The Local.

A thorough inspection of the store rooms at the Brunsbüttel nuclear power plant revealed that 18 of the 70 barrels were affected by corrosion, the article said. Inspectors had previously found a rusted nuclear waste barrel at the plant in 2011.

The barrels are stored underground surrounded by thick concrete walls. The article said the moisture inside of the containers themselves may have caused the rusting. The state Environment Ministry said the rust did not pose a threat to the public, the article said.

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