[Machine Translation] The headlong rush of EDF and the state continues on the nuclear issue. Today, a convoy from AREVA’s Chalon-sur-Saône to deliver the head of the vessel of the nuclear plant “new generation” (obsolete before they emerged) Flamanville: the famous EPR. We are on the ground to alert the authorities about this new masquerade. Because this cover is not consistent: in April, the Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) announced the detection of an anomaly in the composition of the steel of the tank of the Flamanville EPR during one of its control AREVA Saint-Marcel (Chalon-sur-Saône). In addition, a battery of tests has shown that the steel of the tank (already in place on the construction of the EPR) and the cover (forged together but so far stored in Chalon) is more fragile than this that provide for safety standards: these are not reliable in the state. However, the tank and lid form two parts in one piece and it is impossible to “patch up” as is, where necessary (it will all redémonter). Therefore, fix a defective lid itself falls within the above absolute nonsense.
Greenpeace France 8th Feb 2016 read more »
[Machine Translation] This morning at 5am left the Areva plant in Saint-Marcel exceptional convoy of 27 meters long, 6 meters wide and 5 meters high, which will cross France to Flamanville on the Cotentin peninsula. On board a lid, that of the vessel of the EPR, setbacks to become the symbol of the strength of a complete failure of the nuclear industry. These two parts, bowl and lid, could seal the tomb of the EPR: they do not meet safety standards, and EDF would have wanted this transport goes unnoticed. Greenpeace is present this morning at Chalon. In April, following an inspection of the Nuclear Safety Authority, it announced that it had discovered a “serious fault” or “very serious” in the composition of the steel of the tank of the Flamanville EPR. Tests have shown that the steel tank already in place on the construction of the EPR, and this cover, forged together but so far stored in Chalon, is more fragile than specified standards safety. In fact, the excessive presence of carbon makes the steel brittle and subject to breakage. The bowl and lid are in one room in one piece and it is impossible to “patch up” the case of an anomaly in the composition of the steel. The only solution to the problem would then be to change the room completely, which seems almost impossible, and would require breaking the brackets and around the reactor: a huge additional costs which would bring the final blow to the “industrial jewel”, already moribund.
Creusot Infos 8th Feb 2016 read more »