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PS_RalphW



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2011 12:57 pm    Post subject: French nuclear processing explosion Reply with quote

French nuclear explosion

They are getting closer to home.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-14883521
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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.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2011 1:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Definatly potentialy worrying.
This appears to be a nuclear waste processing facilty, and not a nuclear power station.
It will still increase distrust in nuclear power.

Which way is the wind blowing ?
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2011 1:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

8 miles from Avignon, 25 from the coast. Prime vinyard country.

How wide will the exclusion zone be? They process MOX fuel, one working reactor on site.

Google maps pixelates the site, presumably against terrorist attack.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2011 1:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

adam2 wrote:
Which way is the wind blowing ?


We've been getting storm-force gales off the Atlantic for two days now. And I mean storm force - very exciting. They appear to be abating as I type, lunchtime 12/9/2011.

Presumably it's windy in the UK at the mom., from the west?
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2011 1:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/world/france/marcoule.htm

It is/was a military site, used to make plutonium for the french bomb, still makes tritium, but does not say how. Usual method is to bombard deuterium with neutrons, presumably in a reactor.

Being for military purposes, it is not referred to when talking about civilian nuclear power generation.

We need to watch this carefully....

Cambridge has been a stiff southerly this morning. Now a strong SWer, pulling air off the Atlantic.

I don't think we need to worry for a day or two. However, this won't be over in a year or two, let alone days.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2011 2:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Perhaps it is not that serious.
Latest reports refer to an explosion and fire in an incinerator used for burning low level radioactive waste.
They are calling it "an industrial accident and not a nuclear accident"
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