Tag Archives: France

Even the French are losing their enthusiasm for nuclear power

In what could be the clearest indicator of the imminent demise of the Nuclear Renaissance, France plans to invest heavily in renewable energy. As the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday: France, one of the world’s biggest proponents and exporters … Continue reading

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Peruvian radiographer loses part of finger following radiation exposure incident in France; two other workers exposed

The World Nuclear News just reported: A Peruvian radiographer has lost part of a finger after working with an unshielded iridium-192 source. The event is classified a ‘serious incident’ at Level 3 on the International Nuclear Event Scale (INES). Details … Continue reading

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French nuclear reactor shuts down following two small fires; Subsequent investigation reveals on-going reactor coolant leak

The Wall Street Journal reported earier today: French state-controlled utility Electricité de France SA said late Thursday that a leak was detected at one of its nuclear reactors in northwestern France, after two small fires were extinguished at the site … Continue reading

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French reactor shut down following discovery of cracks in pressure vessel tubes

World Nuclear News reported earlier today: Inspection work has revealed tiny cracks on a penetration at the bottom of Gravelines 1’s reactor pressure vessel. The power unit remains shut down until a repair has been made.  In France’s 900-MWe class … Continue reading

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Dry weather threatening to shut French nukes

Reuters reported this morning: Dry weather conditions are starting to hit output at France’s nuclear reactors with EDF forced to stop one reactor in northern France to protect river flows, EDF said on Monday. France, the European Union’s biggest power … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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French reprocessing facility had been cited earlier this year for safety violations

Talk about burying the lead! This was the tenth paragraph of the Wall Street Journal’s article on the explosion this morning at a French reprocessing site: In 2011 France’s nuclear safety regulator issued a warning over safety measures at the … Continue reading

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