[ RadSafe ] Fresh nuclear incident in France
Dawson, Fred Mr
Fred.Dawson199 at mod.uk
Thu Jul 24 01:48:53 CDT 2008
BBC reports Fresh nuclear incident in France
About 100 staff at a nuclear plant in southern France have been exposed
to a low dose of radiation, power firm Electricite de France (EDF) says.
They were "slightly contaminated" by radioactive particles that escaped
from a pipe at a reactor complex in Tricastin, an EDF spokeswoman said.
The incident comes two weeks after a leak forced the temporary closure
of a reactor at the Tricastin facility.
Unenriched uranium had leaked into the water supply.
The authorities lifted a ban on fishing and water sports in two local
rivers on Tuesday.
EDF says Wednesday's incident was not connected to the earlier uranium
The company says that sensors detected a rise in the radiation level
while maintenance work was being carried out at a reactor that had been
shut since 12 July.
The rise in radiation prompted 97 EDF and maintenance subcontractors to
be evacuated and sent for medical tests.
"Seventy of them show low traces of radioelements, below one 40th of the
authorised limit," EDF said, adding that the incident would not affect
people's health or the environment.
"What concerns us is less the level of the people contaminated than the
number of people contaminated," EDF spokeswoman Caroline Muller told the
Associated Press news agency.
Correspondents says the incidents have raised questions about the
state-run nuclear industry, at a time when some countries are
considering nuclear energy because of the soaring price of oil.
Fred Dawson CRadP MSRP
Fwp_dawson at hotmail.com
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