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Fire crews have been rushed to a nuclear reactor in northern France after an escape of smoke but the energy company EDF says the site is secure.
It said 10 fire engines were working at the Penly site near Dieppe, where the reactor was shut down after the alarm was raised at 12:20 (11:20 GMT).
Nobody has been hurt in the incident, the company added.
France obtains 75% of its electricity from nuclear power and the industry's future has become a political issue
A fire alarm went off Thursday at the Penly nuclear power station (Seine-Maritime- France), due to smoke, and the reactor itself off, EDF announced.
"On 5 April 2012, at 00:20, a fire alarm was triggered by a smoke in a room located in the reactor building of the production unit No. 2 of the Penly nuclear power station. Security systems have switched normally and the reactor itself off, "said EDF in a statement.
"In addition, teams and resources are mobilized from the central (...). There are no injuries and the facilities are safe," the company said.
"Under the procedures, firefighters were notified and are already on site with a dozen emergency vehicles," the producer of electricity.
"The Nuclear Safety Authority, the regional prefecture, sub-prefecture of Dieppe and the Local Information (CLI) were immediately informed of this event," the statement said.
The president of the CLI, Serge Boulanger, told AFP he had been informed earlier this afternoon by EDF "a smoke at a pump power of water that would put smoking following a failure of oil, the level of the reactor chamber 2 ".
According to these reports, "there was smoke but no flames," said Mr. Boulanger.
Another power plant... these days every week there is a power plant going haywire.