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French environmentalists alarmed after fresh nuclear incident

Friday, July 25, 2008

PARIS (AFP) — French environmentalists sounded the alarm Thursday after the third incident this month at a nuclear plant left 100 employees contaminated.

"This new incident shows that nuclear energy, which is presented as clean and safe, remains a dangerous, polluting and poorly controlled energy," a spokesman for environmental group Greenpeace told AFP.

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15 French nuke workers are exposed to radioactivity

Monday, July 21, 2008

PARIS (AP) — Electricite de France says 15 workers were exposed to radioactive contamination while carrying out maintenance at a nuclear plant in the French Alps.

France's nuclear industry is under increased scrutiny following uranium leaks earlier this month. France depends on nuclear power for the majority of its electricity.

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France imports 'record levels' of power on nuclear outages

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

France imported "massive" levels of power to make up for a shortfall in nuclear power production in the country during October and the start of November, according to a report Monday.

The report in French daily Les Echos quotes Dominique Maillard, chairman of the French grid manager RTE, as saying state power company EDF is being forced to import "record levels" of power.

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The inspections carried out last July during the maintenance and refueling shutdown of the reactor revealed more than 200 metallurgical defects, not complying with the construciton rules, on the main steam pipes of the secondary system of the installation.
The defects are in a component whose failure could have led to an initiator (see III-2-8-b). As a rupture of the steam pipe should be of low probability, the event (see Table II) is classified at level 2.

Additional information: press release (Magnuc).

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