WNN summary of French reprocessing explosion

World Nuclear News published this a little while ago:

Explosion at French waste site

12 September 2011

 A worker was killed today by an explosion in a furnace used to prepare contaminated metal for disposal. 

Details of the event come from the French nuclear safety regulator, the ASN. It said that the incident occurred at the Centraco facility where low-level radiaoctive wastes are prepared for packing and disposal. ASN’s first assessment was that one worker was killed and four more injured, one of those seriously.

This includes items such as used equipment, components, filters and clothing from power plants, universities research sites and hospitals. The EDF-operated facility is located in the commune of Codolet, adjacent to but separate from the CEA’s Marcoule nuclear research site.

Centraco, adjacent to Marcoule

Preliminary information was that the furnace affected was used to to melt scrap metal structural components, pumps, valves and tools made of stainless steel or carbon steel that are lightly contaminated with short-lived and very-low-level radioactivity. 

 The melting unit has an annual capacity of 1500 tonnes of scrap metal, which can be boosted to 4500 tonnes per year by operating it on a continuous schedule. The packages it produces go for permanent disposal in at Andra’s near-surface facility at Aube.

Link: http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/RS_Explosion_at_French_waste_site_1209111.html?utm_source=World+Nuclear+News&utm_campaign=d0b1eec6a0-WNN_Daily_12_September_20119_12_2011&utm_medium=email


About Robert Singleton

By day, I work for a call center. In my spare time, I try to save my hometown (and planet) from a nearly constant onslaught of greedheads, lunatics and land developers. I live in a fictional town called Austin, Texas, where I go to way too many meetings.
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