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Doel nuclear power unit shutdown possibly caused by sabotage

A nuclear power plant in Belgium may have shut down due to sabotage.

The Doel 4 nuclear unit shut down Tuesday after workers with plant operator Electrabel found an oil leak from a steam turbine on the non-nuclear side of the plant. Workers with the Federal Agency for Nuclear Control arrived on site and began investigating the cause of the shut down.

Investigators initially thought the shut down was due to a technical failure, but further investigation shows it happened at the discharge valve of the lubricating oil tank that was opened by “voluntary manual intervention.” Workers continue the investigation into the incident, as well as the extent of the steam turbine damage and the steps to be taken to restart the unit.

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