Safety fears after explosion at French nuclear site

Marcoule is one of France’s oldest nuclear sites. It was opened in 1956 to aid France’s nuclear weapons industry, but in the 1990s it began recycling nuclear waste and creating mixed oxide fuel (MOX) for nuclear power stations. Sandrine Belier, a Green MEP for the East France region thinks to consider the shutdown of the site in the ‘cleanest’ way possible. The site had been “singled out for poor management” in the past, she said, adding that the accident would “restart the debate” on energy policies in France, a leading proponent of nuclear power.

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