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French Nuclear Blast Kills One, Injures Four

A blast and fire at nuclear waste processing center in France killed at least one person and Monday. No radiation leaks “right now."
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 9/12/2011, 3:22 PM

Nuclear scientists dealing with waste
Nuclear scientists dealing with waste
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A blast and fire at nuclear waste processing center in southern France killed at least one person and injured four others Monday. At least one of those injured was described as being in serious condition.

No radiation leaks have been discovered, at least for now, nuclear officials said.

The BBC said there is a risk of radioactive leaks, but the French newspaper Le Figaro quoted an Atomic Energy Commission official as saying that “right now” there have been no leaks.

The BBC says the site is involved with the decommissioning of nuclear facilities, and operates a pressurized water reactor used to produce tritium.

The site of the “Marcoule” treatment plant is near the Mediterranean Sea. Three nuclear reactors at Marcoule previously have been discontinued, and the site remains mainly for treating nuclear wastes.