[Machine Translation] This is the second incident reported by Areva Tricastin on its website in two days. Yesterday, a leak in a heat exchanger for cooling a part of the industrial process was observed by operators in the room. conduct of the conversion plant. According to procedures, the current industrial operations have been suspended and the equipment was recorded. This dysfunction led to temporarily connect a circuit containing a solution of potassium hydroxide marked natural uranium with industrial cooling waters. The latter are then collected in an internal storage area. This resulted in a temporary exceeding the discharge limit of the site. This release represents only 2% of the annual regulatory limit. Areva Tricastin proposed to the ASN to classify this dysfunction, without affecting the safety and staff at level 1 of the International Nuclear Event Scale (Ines) graduated up to 7.
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