[Machine Translation] On Friday, June 8, IRSN submitted a report comparing the types of storage of spent nuclear fuel. And for the first time in France analyzes dry storage. Hidden issue: the future of the French reprocessing industry. Is the storage of used nuclear fuel in a swimming pool practiced in France safe? More or less than dry storage, in containers for example, process that use most other nuclearized countries? At a time when a new mega-pool storage project is being refined at the Belleville-sur-Loire (Cher) nuclear power plant, and a few months after a damning report on the safety of swimming pools commissioned by Greenpeace France, the Institut de radiation protection and nuclear safety (IRSN) was instructed on March 26 by the parliamentary inquiry commission on nuclear safety and security to unravel these thorny issues. But his report, unveiled Friday, June 8 in its premises Fontenay-aux-Roses (Hauts-de-Seine), is careful to decide. ” The pool is essential for spent nuclear fuel that has not cooled much, and dry storage is good for cooled fuels. On the other hand, the type of fuel will influence the choice of the type of storage chosen, depending on its heat. Finally, the thermal power of a fuel – that is to say its heat – is a determining parameter for the safety of storage ” , summarized Jean-Christophe Niel, Director General of IRSN .
Reporterre 9th June 2018 read more »
IRSN Press Release 8th June 2018 read more »