BREAKING NEWS: Explosion and Smoke At French Nuclear Power Station #Tricastin
Posted by Lucas Whitefield Hixson at 11:46 AM >
Saturday, July 2 to 15: 30 pm, An EXPLOSION of the EDF power Tricastin, Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux (Drôme).
The Tricastin Nuclear Power Plant is a collection of sites run by Areva and EDF
The site houses 4 Pressurized water reactors of 915 MW each, which were built mostly in the 1970s and brought online in the early 80s.
Tests on 2 July 2004 by the Autorité de sûreté nucléaire (Nuclear Safety Authority) confirmed that response to a fire would take a time of 37 minutes.
In July 2008, 18,000 litres (4,755 Gallons) of Uranium solution containing natural uranium were accidentally released. Due to cleaning and repair work the containment system for a uranium solution holding tank was not functional when the tank filled.
In July 2008, approximately 100 employees were exposed to radioactive particles that escaped from a pipe in a reactor that had been shut down. Additionally, a nuclear waste leak that apparently had remained undiscovered since 2005 spilled into a concrete protective shell in Romans-sur-Isere.
Residents are worried about a column of black smoke that rose into the sky. The explosion of the transformer of Unit 1 plant, which is stationary. Installation is located outside the nuclear zone. No one was hurt and there was no damage to the environment.
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