Monday, September 12, 2011

Risk of radioactive leak after deadly explosion at French nuclear plant

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.

The 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. more