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Deadly explosion at French nuclear facility


An explosion at a nuclear waste treatment facility in France has killed one man and injured four others, one seriously.

The Nuclear Security Authority says there has been no chemical or radioactive leak, and there is no danger to the public. It is being classed as an industrial rather than nuclear accident.

It took place at the Centraco facility near Marcoule, which was warned about security lapses last year, but was said to be making progress in a recent report.

“The unit was in a ventilated building made of reinforced concrete. Neither the ventilation system nor its filters were damaged, so the explosion did not cause a leak,” said the Institute of Nuclear Safety’s Thierry Charles.

The unit in question was an oven used to fuse what has been described as “low level” radioactive metallic waste, which was damaged in an explosion in the building. The state owned EDF utility runs all of France’s nuclear power stations, but subcontracts its waste treatment.

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