[Machine Translation] EDF announced Thursday a “significant safety” incident concerning two reactors of the Paluel plant (Seine-Maritime), specifying to have replaced the equipment in question that had suffered from corrosion. “The Paluel nuclear power plant has declared to the Nuclear Safety Authority today, a significant safety event at level 2 of the INES scale, for production units # 1 and # 2 of Paluel”, indicates the electrician in a note. The INES scale has seven levels ranging from anomaly to major accident. Level 2 is an “incident”. ASN reported on 20 June a level 2 incident for twenty reactors relating to earthquake resistance of emergency diesel. The nuclear policeman had indicated at the end of October that reactors 2 and 5 of Bugey and reactors 1 and 2 of the Fessenheim nuclear power station were also concerned. As a result of these problems, EDF had extended its control plan to additional equipment. It was in this context that he discovered the new anomaly in Paluel.
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[Machine Translation] In the industrial area of Malvési, in the Aude, Areva transforms uranium into fuel for nuclear power plants. To treat the waste of this activity, the company has developed a process – authorized Wednesday, November 8 by the prefect – which causes great concern among residents. It is an unknown link in the nuclear industry, and yet essential: in Malvési, in the town of Narbonne, in the Aude, an Areva plant processes the uranium ore that will give the power plants. A process that produces waste that Areva would like to reprocess through a process called “Thor”. The project has aroused strong opposition among residents and some local elected officials. Rather than the lightning of “Thor”, they fear his fumes possibly highly toxic. A demonstration again gathered 2,500 people Sunday, November 5. Wednesday, November 8, the prefect of Aude, Alain Thirion, yesterday published the decree authorizing the device.
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