Anomalies found in the vessel of a nuclear reactor under construction in Flamanville have also been discovered in other French reactors being operated by utility EDF, but the country’s reactors are safe, nuclear regulator ASN said. In April 2015, the ASN said nuclear group Areva had found weak spots in the steel of the EPR reactor it is building for EDF in Flamanville, due to concentrations of carbon which weaken the mechanical resilience of the steel and its ability to resist the spreading of cracks. “We are continuing our investigations to verify whether the anomalies found on the (Flamanville) vessel could concern reactors currently in operation, The answer is that yes, there are,” ASN chief Pierre-Franck Chevet told a senate hearing about nuclear safety on Wednesday. He added that the ASN is in talks with EDF to see what impact these anomalies could have on safety. At the presentation of the ASN’s annual report about nuclear safety in France, Chevet said the safety of France’s 58 nuclear reactors was “globally good” but that he was worried about the state of the nuclear industry in France.
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