French Nuclear Waste Plant Explodes, Kills One

 More on the perils of nuclear plants: a nuclear waste plant in France exploded after an oven designed to heat-shrink plutonium overheated. One person was killed, but officials for the plant said there was no radioactivity emitted. The Guardian:

A spokesman for the French atomic energy authority told journalists: "For the moment, there is nothing coming out."

The French nuclear safety authority said in a statement that the explosion had taken place in an oven used to melt metallic waste of a "weak and very weak" level of radioactivity.

Cécile Duflot, secretary general of the political party Europe Ecology, called for "real time" and "transparent" information on the incident on Twitter.

Fire officers said a safety cordon had been thrown around the plant. The explosion happened in the Centraco centre used by Socodei, a sister company of the French electricity giant EDF.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is looking into the explosion, but the energy agency said the accident was industrial, not nuclear, in nature. Still...

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at September 12, 2011, 5:11am

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