Monday, September 12, 2011

Radioactive leak Risk after deadly explosion at French nuclear plant - ONE Dead several More Injured

One person has been killed and several injured in an explosion at a nuclear plant in southern France, leading to the potential risk of a radioactive leak

he blast occurred in an oven at the Marcoule nuclear site near the city of Nimes in the south of France, according to emergency services.

One person was killed and three were injured in the explosion, according to Le Figaro newspaper.

It hit the Centraco nuclear waste treatment centre belonging to the Socodei subsidiary of national electricity provider EDF, said a spokesman for the Atomic Energy Commissariat (CEA).

"For the time being nothing has made it outside," a spokesman said.

A security perimeter has been set up around the installation, firefighters said, without being able to provide further details.

The site is partly used by French nuclear giant Areva to produce MOX fuel which recycles plutonium from nuclear weapons. Part of the process involves firing superheated plutonium and uranium pellets in an oven.

Marcoule is a nuclear waste management site that does not include any reactors.

Evangelia Petit of the Agency for Nuclear Safety said Monday an explosion had taken place but declined to provide any further details. Officials in the Gard region confirmed Monday's explosion but also said they could not give any more information. Source