[Machine Translation] Defects on the pressure vessel of the EPR of Flamanville: “EDF and Areva were not transparent,” denounces Greenpeace. Greenpeace believes that EDF and Areva have not sufficiently communicated on the defects of the pressure vessel of the EPR of Flamanville. “The origin of the anomalies and the history of the design” have not been made public, denounces the association in particular. The NGO is based on a report to which it has had access and which is due to be published on Thursday by the High Committee for Transparency and Information on Nuclear Safety (HCTISN) on anomalies in the Flamanville EPR tank ( Handle). The HCTISN is an expert committee on nuclear safety. He decided in June 2015 to take the matter of the anomalies on the tank of the EPR of Flamanville. According to Greenpeace, the report states that EDF and Areva “did not explain to the public the origin of the anomalies and the history of the design and manufacture of the EPR reactor vessel.” The report also notes that “no alternative technical scenario has been made public, in the event of the rejection of the tank and its lid by the Nuclear Safety Agency (ASN)”. “Since the beginning of the case, EDF and Areva have put the ASN before the fait accompli: they refuse to communicate a plan B to force it to accept that the EPR starts with pieces veined,” explains Yannick Rousselet, in charge of Campaign for Greenpeace France. “The rejection of the tank by the ASN would trigger a ‘domino effect’ by questioning the feasibility of all EPR projects sold by EDF and AREVA in the UK, China and Finland, says Yannick Rousselet. Industrialists put an intolerable pressure on the ASN, making the future of the nuclear sector on its shoulders.”
France Info 22nd June 2017 read more »
[Machine Translation] The anomalies of steel in the EPR tank and many steam generators have led to one of the most serious crises faced by the French nuclear industry. The report of the High Committee on Transparency and Information on Nuclear Safety (HCTISN), to be published on 22 June, highlights the near absence of precise information from Areva and EdF on the serious problems affecting the The Flamanville EPR. The finding would be the same for steam generators. ACRO therefore calls for more transparency. The association made an inventory of the available documentation and reconstructed a chronology of the events on a dedicated website: http://transparence-nucleaire.eu.org. As regards the understanding of the process that led to the installation of a tank with serious anomalies in the composition of its steel, the Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) has posted all its letters to Areva and EdF. The answers are not public. The ACRO asked for their publication. In the case of tests carried out by Areva on sacrificial tank caps, only the summary note is public. It is impossible to know what is in the 21 other reports submitted to the ASN. In particular, there is no information on alternative scenarios if the tank was not good for service. The ACRO requests the publication of the complete dossier submitted by Areva to the ASN.
Transparence Nucleair 21st June 2017 read more »
[Machine Translation] It is a case that has poisoned the French nuclear sector for months: the discovery of defects in the steel of the tank of the future EPR reactor of Flamanville, as well as in many other parts forged at Le Creusot. After many delays, the Nuclear Safety Authority could make a first favorable opinion at the end of June to EDF and Areva, paving the way for the inauguration of the EPR reactor in Flamanville in 2019. Environmentalists denounce the pressures exerted on the ” Authority by the nuclear lobby, and the way in which EDF and Areva tried to put it before the fait accompli.
Observatoire Multinationales 22nd June 2017 read more »
[Machine Translation] The story of the EPR tank is emblematic of how the nuclear lobby hides, organizes lies, and intimidates those who stand in the way. Today, the High Committee for Transparency and Information on Nuclear Safety (HCTISN) publishes its report on the anomalies of the tank of the Flamanville EPR. The report is without appeal: EDF and AREVA have concealed crucial information on nuclear safety. The ASN must give an initial opinion on the tank in the next few days: the French nuclear gendarme is subjected to unprecedented pressure.
Greenpeace c22nd June 2017 read more »