27 Aug 2008

Leaky nuclear US sub visited Singapore

2:00 pm on 27 August 2008

A United States nuclear-powered submarine could have leaked radioactive water during a stop in Singapore, says its defence minister, Teo Chee Hean.

On Monday, he told the country's parliament the US informed Singapore earlier in the month that the USS Houston had been leaking trace amounts of radioactive water since June 2006.

He says this suggests the submarine could have been leaking radioactive water when it called at Changi Naval Base in September 2006.

US tests showed the amount of radioactivity that could have leaked was too small to pose any risk to public health, he said.