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FRENCH MOX PLANT IN SOUTHERN FRANCE SUFFERS AN EXPLOSION

12 SEP 2011
An explosion was reported  at a French nuclear power plant of Marcoule, in Chusclan(near the city of Nimes) in southern France. The explosion occurred at the “Centraco Nuclear Waste Treatment Center” operated by the “Socodei” subsidiary of EDF.  The blast purportedly occurred in an oven during production of Mixed Oxide(MOX). Normally MOX consists of between 6% to 10% Plutonium(worlds most toxic substance) with Uranium. According to emergency services, one person was killed, and three(3) were injured in the explosion.

WHO IS EDF ? Just the world’s largest Utility Company- that’s who!  EDF is headquartered in Paris and had €65.2 billion in revenues in 2010.  They are more commonly known as: “Électricité de France S.A. (Electricity of France) – S.A. stands for “Corp.” worldwide.

The site is partly used by French nuclear giant AREVA to produce MOX fuel which recycles plutonium(world’s most toxic substance) from nuclear weapons. Part of the process involves firing superheated plutonium, and uranium pellets in an oven. MOX normally consists of 6% to 10% Plutonium, with the remainder being Uranium.

Evangelia Petit of the “Agency for Nuclear Safety”(French counterpart to our NRC) said on 12 Sep 2011, that Marcoule is a “nuclear waste management site” that does not include any reactors, and that an explosion had taken place, but declined to provide any further details. Officials in the “Gard region” also confirmed Monday’s explosion but also said they could not give any more information.

THE BIG “HUSH’ IS ON! A spokesman for the French Atomic Energy Commissariat (CEA) said:  “For the time being nothing has made it outside”(specially real news).  A security perimeter has been set up around the installation, firefighters said, but gave no further details.

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MY TAKE

“THE BIG HUSH” IS ON – As usual, the first casualty of a nuclear “incident” is news.  The Uranium Nuclear Cartel’s financial interest would not be served by adverse news; especially if it is true; That, is very bad news for people living in close proximity to the MOX processing facility where the explosion took place.

When officials say: “nothing has made it outside”, they IMPLY that radiation has not escaped into the air, or the nearby body of water; AND SO, NO SWEAT!…WELL, NOT REALLY.  Problem is that in the Fukushima Tragedy of 3/11, the first casualty became the public trust on Academia, Government Agencies, and even local authorities, who do not want their sources of income impacted negatively.  We find it deplorable that they should take such an attitude, when their first concern ought to be public safety.  WE’LL SEE.

The fact that first Great Britain, and now France are known to be/have been  involved in reprocessing Plutonium, be it derived from Nuclear weapons, or a fissile by-product of Nuclear Power Plants(NPPs), is a good indication that “nuclear waste disposal” is reaching critical proportions worldwide;  Quite simply, because we are running out of places to “long-term store” such waste.  We have recently written articles on that very problem, as well as the closing-down of the MOX factory in Northern England:  AND YET,  THE NUCLEAR INDUSTRY CONTINUES TO CREATE WASTE WITH EVER MORE NUCLEAR POWER-PLANTS.
You may find these related articles published here informative:

WHO SHALL PAY FOR NUCLEAR WASTE TRANSPORTATION AND LONG-TERM STORAGE ?, Dated 11 Aug 2011

MOX PRODUCTION PLANT CLOSES IN N.W. ENGLAND – WHY SHOULD WE CARE ?  READ ON – Dated 07 Aug 2011

I feel certain more information will be forthcoming in the days to come.

gonzedo

September 12, 2011 at 4:31 PM Comments (2)