The headline — Police probe opened into rumours of unsafe tap water in Paris — raised hopes that nuclear operators might finally be held accountable for what appears to be routine radioactive contamination of drinking water in France. News stories had circulated after a French radiological testing laboratory published findings on June 17, 2019, that more than six million French residents were drinking water contaminated with tritium released by the country’s nuclear power plants and other nuclear installations. The laboratory — L’association pour le contrôle de la radioactivité dans l’Ouest or ACRO — raised the alarm because, it said, the presence of tritium implied there could be other radioactive isotopes in the water as well. None of the tritium levels they measured on this occasion, exceeded those French health authorities have established as “safe”, but research in the past has found higher levels, especially in groundwater, rivers and streams.
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The nuclear reactor of EDF Penly 1 (1,330 MW) broke down this weekend because of a defect on its clusters of control, tools which serve to regulate its power, declared the electrician public to Montel Monday. The unexpected shutdown of the unit, which has stopped working “automatically” since Saturday at 14:10 CET until Sunday at 23:48, is due to an “electronic defect on control clusters,” said a spokesman for EDF.
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