In December 2017, a radioactive leak was detected at the Bugey nuclear power plant, 35 km from Lyon. Four associations complain and call for the immediate shutdown of the plant, which combines risks of all kinds. On December 20, 2017, EDF detected an abnormal concentration of tritium in a piezometer (tube allowing access to the water table) on the site of the Bugey nuclear power station. The concentration of this radioactive substance, which can cause serious damage to the DNA, reached 670 Becquerels per liter. Larger concentration peaks (up to 1600 Bq / l) were detected on subsequent days and at other locations on the site. This presence of tritium in the Rhône water table suggests the release into the environment of other radioelements and probably chemical elements. Contaminated water has also certainly reached the Rhône.
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