Something you always have to watch out for in Nuke Speak is the carefully crafted half-truth. Much that has been said this morning about the explosion at Marcoule has said that there are no nuclear reactors at the site. What they meant was that there are no COMMERCIAL nuclear power plants there. The CBC reported:
The Marcoule site does not house any nuclear power reactors. It is involved with the decommissioning of nuclear facilities, and operates a pressurized water reactor used to produce tritium.
And, this just in: Marcoule was the site of the Phenix fast-breeder reactor, which produced not only electricity, but also plutonium. The Phenix reactor ceased operations Feb. 1, 2010.