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BBC BReaking:'Leak risk after explosion at French nuclear plant' (Southern France)
BBC ^ | 9-12-11 | BBC

Posted on 09/12/2011 5:04:03 AM PDT by tcrlaf

There is a risk of a radioactive leak after a blast at the southern French nuclear plant of Marcoule, media reports say.

One person was killed and three were injured in the explosion, following a fire in a storage site for radioactive waste, Le Figaro newspaper said.

The plant is in the Gard region.

It is a major site involved with the decommissioning of nuclear facilities, and operates a pressurised water reactor used to produce tritium.

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: disarmament; france; nuclear
Here we go again, folks...
1 posted on 09/12/2011 5:04:10 AM PDT by tcrlaf
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To: tcrlaf

Prayers


2 posted on 09/12/2011 5:05:33 AM PDT by blueyon (The U. S. Constitution - read it and weep)
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To: tcrlaf

From Wiki:

“Since 1956, Marcoule is a gigantic site exploited by the atomic energy organization Commissariat à l’Énergie Atomique (CEA) and Areva NC. The first industrial and military plutonium experiments took place in Marcoule. Diversification of the site was started in the 1970s with the creation of the Phénix prototype fast breeder reactor, and is nowadays an important site for decommissioning nuclear facilities activities.

Since 1995, the MELOX factory produces MOX from a mix of uranium and plutonium oxides. MOX is used to recycle plutonium from nuclear fuel; this plutonium comes from the COGEMA La Hague site.

The ATelier Alpha et Laboratoires pour ANalyses, Transuraniens et Etudes de retraitement (ATALANTE) is a CEA laboratory investigating the issues of nuclear reprocessing of nuclear fuel and of radioactive waste.
[edit] Reactors

The site housed a number of the first generation French UNGG reactors, of which have all been shut down. Since then, it has also operated a pressurized water reactor that was used for the purpose of producing Tritium. Cooling for all of the plants has come from the Rhône river.”


3 posted on 09/12/2011 5:05:40 AM PDT by tcrlaf (Democrats have been OUTFORCING America's jobs for 40 years)
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To: tcrlaf

One more event to go into the Obambam excuse file along with the Japanese tsunami.


4 posted on 09/12/2011 5:08:05 AM PDT by thelastvirgil (B. Hussein Obama would steal shiite from a blind dung beetle, then set it on the wrong path home.)
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To: tcrlaf

Per Al Jezeera, this is near the city of Nimes


5 posted on 09/12/2011 5:09:12 AM PDT by tcrlaf (Democrats have been OUTFORCING America's jobs for 40 years)
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BBC has updated the story:

There is a risk of a radioactive leak after a blast at the southern French nuclear plant of Marcoule, media reports say.

One person was killed and three were injured in the explosion, following a fire in a storage site for radioactive waste, Le Figaro newspaper said.

It is a major site involved with the decommissioning of nuclear facilities.

It produces MOX fuel, which recycles plutonium from nuclear weapons, but does not include any reactors.

A spokesman for France’s atomic energy commission said there had so far been no leak but a security perimeter had been set up because of the risk.

The plant is located in the Gard department in Languedoc-Roussillon region, near France’s Mediterranean coast.


6 posted on 09/12/2011 5:10:20 AM PDT by tcrlaf (Democrats have been OUTFORCING America's jobs for 40 years)
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Muslim terrorists?


7 posted on 09/12/2011 5:12:04 AM PDT by newfreep (I am a "terrorist". I am Sarah Palin!)
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How much safer would reactors be if onsite waste storage was outlawed?


8 posted on 09/12/2011 5:12:30 AM PDT by ZOOKER ( Exploring the fine line between cynicism and outright depression)
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To: tcrlaf

Dont call TEPCO (in Japan) for help, that’s for sure.


9 posted on 09/12/2011 5:13:28 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (De-RINOFICATION of the GOP leadership is Job Number ONE. Let's GIT 'ER DONE!!)
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To: tcrlaf
My network won't let me go to the site, and I don't have a mastery of nuclear science. I just wonder how a waste site explodes.
10 posted on 09/12/2011 5:30:09 AM PDT by Never on my watch (WTF happened to my country?)
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To: tcrlaf
For anyone else needing a refreshed...

Tritium Information

11 posted on 09/12/2011 5:38:17 AM PDT by mewzilla (Forget a third party. We need a second one.)
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To: tcrlaf
There's a reason why many nuclear engineers have misgivings about pressurized nuclear reactor vessel structure--if anything goes wrong, you have a potential for a vessel explosion, and that can create a mess that's expensive to clean up.

Hence the reason why there is now lot of interest in the liquid fluoride thorium reactor (LFTR). Because LFTR's don't use pressurized reactor vessel structures, you avoid that potential explosion danger. Indeed, LFTR's would be well-suited for operating in geologically-unstable zones like California and Japan.

12 posted on 09/12/2011 5:40:41 AM PDT by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: All; tcrlaf
A furnace exploded per Reuters.

The furnace that exploded is used to melt waste with levels of radioactivity ranging from low to very high, ASN said.

13 posted on 09/12/2011 5:44:55 AM PDT by newzjunkey (Will racist demagogue Andre Carson be censured by the House?)
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To: tcrlaf

This will be good for Europe, especially coupled with the current tension over the Euro and their collective economies.


14 posted on 09/12/2011 6:16:58 AM PDT by AD from SpringBay (We deserve the government we allow.)
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To: ZOOKER

This accident happened at a waste processing facility - not an operating reactor.


15 posted on 09/12/2011 6:36:12 AM PDT by bagman
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To: RayChuang88

“If anything goes wrong....” We’ve had no vessel explosions in pressurized water reactors, so I guess that nothing has ever gone wrong in such a plant?


16 posted on 09/12/2011 6:44:11 AM PDT by bagman
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There’s nothing at all on Fox News :(


17 posted on 09/12/2011 6:44:25 AM PDT by cake_crumb (Obama: the Unholy Won.)
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To: tcrlaf
More details than the mainstream press is giving:

http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/RS_Explosion_at_French_waste_site_1209111.html

It said that the incident occurred at the Centraco facility where low-level radiaoctive wastes are prepared for packing and disposal. ASN's first assessment was that one worker was killed and four more injured, one of those seriously.

Preliminary information was that the furnace affected was used to to melt scrap metal structural components, pumps, valves and tools made of stainless steel or carbon steel that are lightly contaminated with short-lived and very-low-level radioactivity.

They are completing a nuclear enrichment facility here in SE NM that is going to be processing high-level waste material using centrifuge technology. It's on the Texas-NM border (their east fence line is at the border) so any incident would likely contaminate Texas, not NM. Sorry about that...

http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/ENF-LES_plans_to_double_NEF_capacity-2411084.html

18 posted on 09/12/2011 7:28:58 AM PDT by CedarDave (Hurricane Irene -- cleanup will give the economy the stimulus Obama wants (US taxpayers pay))
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To: ZOOKER
How much safer would reactors be if onsite waste storage was outlawed?

Nuclear power would be a lot safer on many levels if the plants were simplified with NO onsite storage of anything. That is a lesson from Japan. Stupidly we've hit that ice berg, now it's time to finally do something about it.

19 posted on 09/12/2011 7:29:40 AM PDT by Reeses (At work avoid small talk about politicized subjects such as the weather.)
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To: RayChuang88

But all the public will hear is NUCLEAR.


20 posted on 09/12/2011 2:21:35 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: bagman
This accident happened at a waste processing facility - not an operating reactor.

Well, at least one person bothered to do some research rather than immediately go in to conspiracy/fearmonger-mode.

21 posted on 09/12/2011 4:20:57 PM PDT by kidd (S&P gives Obama an 'AA+'...Obama's only published grade)
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To: bagman

Do you have good info that it was an accident?


22 posted on 09/12/2011 6:05:15 PM PDT by FlyingEagle
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If it was sabotage, it was pretty ineffective.


23 posted on 09/12/2011 6:44:51 PM PDT by bagman
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To: newfreep

Eco terrorists? In any case, an explosion in a collection of nuclear waste amounts to a “dirty bomb”.


24 posted on 09/13/2011 12:19:34 AM PDT by haroldeveryman
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To: ZOOKER
Not at all. The waste does not cause a problem per se, in that it does not cause explosions. Its only a problem if it is released as a result of another action.

If you dont have onsite waste storage, that means moving it offsite to a separate waste storage area. And moving it increases risk.

25 posted on 09/13/2011 3:22:49 PM PDT by Vanders9
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