This is from the company AREVA who run the plant and what was going on here, this could be a massive disaster for europe I hope its under control
parts of southern France the Med evacuated if not?
Industrial operator for the French Atomic Energy Commission
Concrete pouring for packages of solid wastes of CDS - Marcoule facility
AREVA is the CEA's (French Atomic Energy Commission) benchmark industrial partner on the Marcoule facility for the cleanup and disassembly of nuclear
installations which have reached the end of their life cycle, as well as for the operation of nuclear and conventional installations.
AREVA, lead contractor for processing of the site
From 1958 to 1997, plant UP1 treated used fuels from the subsidiary UNGG (natural uranium - graphite - gas). It ceased operations on September 30,
1997. The redevelopment phase since launched constitutes a world first for a nuclear site of this size.
30 years of construction work,
1,000 locations to clean,
30,000 ton of waste to treat, 2% of which was highly active
Under the project leadership of CEA, AREVA Marcoule is the industrial operator for the cleanup of the treatment plant and its connected facilities. It
performs operations including:
Cleaning and disassembly of the treatment plant and associated facilities, such as preparation workshops:
rinsing circuits using classic or specific chemical reagents,
Decontamination, shearing, and disassembly of equipment (pumps, filters, tanks, glove boxes...)
Recovery, sorting, and reconditioning of waste generated since the inception of the site as well as those produced by the cleanup operations, in
accordance with applicable standards: oil drums, structural waste, fuel containers... These were then temporarily stored on-site or removed to a
permanent storage facility.
Nuclear installation operator
AREVA also operates in Marcoule various nuclear industry installations, on behalf of the CEA for the:
Production of tritium.
Treatment of liquid waste and waste products.
Inspections and laboratory expertise in nuclear materials.
Dosimetry of personnel.
Decontamination of machines and tools.
Maintenance of transport containers for nuclear materials.
I am sure they will be as open and honest as Tepco in telling us the truth so dont worry nothing to see just move on and breath in the invisible
Edit to add already french stocks were under pressure and british ones re banking reforms and hideen losses on early trade.
On news of this explosion the french DAC is down 5%, this is really really bad news not fear mongering, Europe the world markets cant have a
chernobyl/fukishima type event in central europe we would be in depression fully in about 2 weeks.
I feel CAC trading will be suspended, maybe even ftse and dow if it opens really down on this....
edit on 12-9-2011 by MischeviousElf because: (no reason given)