[Machine Translation] Is France threatened by its nuclear fleet? Yes, according to Thierry Gadault and Hugues Demeude, the authors of the book Nucléaire, immediate danger . The Journal du Dimanche , dated February 4, published excerpts from this book that sounds the alarm. For both investigators, the Tricastin power station (Drôme), “with its reactor 1, is the worst reactor in the country” . “This reactor combines all the problems: defects under coating, no margin at break, and exceeding the forecast weakening at forty years,” they enumerate.
France Info 4th Feb 2018 read more »
Nuclear: the book that undermines the safety of French power plants. The JDD publishes preview extracts of Nuclear, immediate danger , a survey book that challenges the dogma of the safety and profitability of French power stations. At the forefront of concerns: the alarming state of several tanks, which contain the heart of the reactors. “That’s it, we are there at the age of 40. By 2028, 48 reactors [out of 58 in service in France] – those of the level of 900 MW and a part of the reactors of 1,300 MW – will reach this canonical age Since the mid-2000s, because of its financial difficulties that prevent it from investing in new means of production, EDF is asking for, calling for, even imposing, that all of its nuclear power stations be allowed to operate at the same time. beyond the age of forty, and prolonged by twenty years. […] [Among the elements that will] determine the extension or the stop of the vats: do they have defects, of origin or appeared with the time, which compromise the safety? This is one of the biggest secrets of the nuclear industry in France. […] According to EDF, 10 tanks in operation have cracks that date from their manufacture. […] Tricastin, with its reactor 1, is the worst central of the country. This reactor combines all the problems: defects under coating, no margin at break, and exceeding the fragility forecast at forty years! Not to mention the risk of catastrophic flooding in the event of an earthquake, as noted in September 2017 by the Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN), which has automatically stopped the operation of the four reactors of the plant while waiting for EDF finally, work to reinforce the dike of the Donzère-Mondragon canal. The plant is below the canal, 6 m below the water. Pierre-Franck Chevet, the president of the ASN, told us’ that in the event of a strong earthquake we could go to a situation, with four simultaneous reactors merging, which potentially looks like a Fukushima type accident. EDF has found the immediate stoppage of the plant to carry out this unjustified work, I find it justified. “
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