FUKUI (Kyodo) The injured workers and the families of those killed in a 2004 lethal steam leak at Kansai Electric Power Co.'s Mihama nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture have reached out-of-court settlements with the utility, sources said Saturday.

Five people died and six were hurt when superheated nonradioactive steam burst from a ruptured pipe at the plant's No. 3 reactor on Aug. 9, 2004.

The plant's pipes had not been inspected for 28 years.

Kepco declined to reveal the details of the settlement, but the sources said the firm will pay a total of more than 1 billion yen.

Compensation for the families of those killed includes consolation money, estimated lost earnings and funeral expenses, the sources said, while the injured workers will have their medical fees covered.