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28 NUCLEAR PLANTS OPERATE AT RISK OF FAILURE

NUCLEAR

[9/1/16]  A report commissioned by Greenpeace France has found that 28 nuclear reactors, including 18 EDF plants in France and one in the UK’s Sizewell, are operating at risk of failure due to carbon anomalies, environmental affairs magazine Ecologist reports.

Consultancy firm LargeAssociates carried out the review after French regulators had found flaws in a reactor vessel at the EPR reactor currently under construction at Flamanville. The key parts for the reactor construction have been provided by the French nuclear engineering group Areva.

Last week, France’s nuclear safety watchdog, ASN, published the list of the irregularities for which Areva had notified it so far, concerning items manufactured by Areva’s Creusot Forge plant for French civil nuclear activities. After an anomaly was detected in the Flamanville EPR reactor vessel at the end of 2014, ASN asked Areva to carry…CONTINUE READING