The explosion at the nuclear facility "Marcoule" claimed the life of one person


13/09/2011

One person was killed and four people seriously injured in an explosion at a nuclear facility "Marcoule" in France. According to officials, the site of the accident there were no any risk of leakage of radioactive substances after an explosion caused the fire that erupted near the furnace at the site for the storage of radioactive waste Centraco.

The owner of the station located in the south of France, the national electricity provider EDF, said it was "industrial rather than nuclear" accident. The exact cause of the explosion is not yet known, as reported by the company. The explosion occurred in the area at 11:45 am local time (9:45 GMT). As a precaution was installed security cordon.

But a representative of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of France, Pierre-Henri Brandet (Pierre-Henry Brandet) later reported that the accident scene, as well as outside the plant was not leaking radiation. None of the affected workers were not exposed to radiation, as noted by the representatives. And the death of one worker was the result of the explosion, and not the effects of nuclear material.

Nuclear waste treatment center Centraco owned subsidiary EDF. The company produces MOX-fuel, which recycles plutonium from nuclear weapons. On site at no nuclear reactors. The representative of the EDF said that the explosion occurred in a furnace for burning waste, including fuel, tools and things that have been used in the production of nuclear energy, which were marked by very low levels of exposure. "The fire caused by the blast was under control," - he said. Another official later said that the incident was over.

Representatives of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported that they had contacted the French authorities to find out more information about the nature of the explosion. Speaking at an unscheduled meeting of the Board of IAEA, Director General Yukiya Amano (Yukiya Amano) reported that the organization was the center of an incident "immediately activated". French Environment Minister Nathalie Koschusko-Morizet (Nathalie Kosciuscko-Morizet) visited the facility on Monday to "help carry out an accurate assessment of the possible radiological impact of this accident of nature." "So far, no impact on the environment is not detected" - told news agencies AFP, referring to information from the Ministry.

Object "Marakul" was opened in 1955 and is one of the oldest nuclear facilities in France, but very modernized. Each of the 58 nuclear reactors in the country were tested during recent months, following the disaster that occurred at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan after a strong earthquake and tsunami.

Original: BBC Translation: M. Potter


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