French nuclear power plant explosion heightens safety fears

On Thursday France’s nuclear safety authority, the Autorité de Sûreté Nucléaire (ASN), demanded 32 safety measures at the Tricastin number one reactor, a 900MW water pressurised reactor built in 1974 and put into operation in 1980.

In 2007, an ASN report had concluded that “the site must make improvements in management and training” and criticised the plant’s procedure for dealing with fires as “taking too long”. The following year uranium leaked from the number two reactor at Tricastin during a cleaning operation and contaminated local rivers.

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