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Saturday, April 5, 2014
"A severe nuclear event occurred in Pinawa, Manitoba in November, 1978. The reactor which was cooled by a type of oil, terphenyl isomer, experienced a major coolant leak as one of the pipes developed a hole and 2,739 litres of oil escaped. It took several weeks for workers to find and repair the leak. Much of the leaked oil was then discharged into the Winnipeg River. According to Dr. Agnes Bishop of the Atomic Energy Control Board, (later the CNSC), the fuel reached "high temperatures".

Although the temperature did not hit the meltdown level, it did result in "three fuel elements being broken, with some fission products being released". The accident, which many consider significant especially to the health and safety of the people of Manitoba, was not reported for several years. An attempt was made in 2000 to have the full report from this accident made public, but Atomic Energy of Canada refused, and labelled it “Protected.” We may never know what radioactive carcinogens were vented or released. 

Sharon Baker, MD, MCFP

AGRP is labeling this a covered up and/or minimized nuclear reactor meltdown. You cannot have multiple fuel rods 'break' without high enough temperatures to also melt the fuel, especially when they admit that 'fission products' were released.


1978 Pinawa Manitoba Nuclear Reactor Partial Meltdown; via @AGreenRoad

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