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FRANCE:French nuclear agency declares accident terminated

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Laaska News  Sept. 13,2011

Nuclear safety officials in France have declared Monday’s explosion at a nuclear waste facility “terminated,” but local residents remain worried.

The accident occurred on Monday at the Marcoule nuclear facility in southern France, inside a building that houses a furnace for melting low-level radioactive waste.
One person was killed and 4 others injured by the blast.

France’s Nuclear Safety Authority says about 4 tons of metal scrap extracted from nuclear waste were being melted inside the furnace at the time of the accident.

It’s not known what caused the explosion, but the nuclear authority says there has been no major damage to the facility, and no radioactive leaks.

The region has a high concentration of nuclear facilities, including a processing plant for fuel made from a mix of plutonium and uranium and a reactor being run to produce plutonium.

The French government has sent Ecology Minister Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet to the site to oversee investigations into the cause of the accident.

But local residents are complaining about the lack of information at the time of the explosion, and remain skeptical about the facility’s safety.
Laaska News.