A French nuclear watchdog has received reports of suspected fraud in the country’s nuclear operators. More than 20 reports of concerns over foul practice have been reported to France’s nuclear industry regulator in the past six months. Autorité de Sûreté Nucléaire (ASN) opened a public portal in November 2018 to collect reports of irregularities relating to nuclear safety and radiation protection for people and the environment. An ASN statement on 17 May 2019 said in that time the body had received 22 submissions, some of which related to potential fraud and are subject to investigation by the organisation. Four have already been forwarded to the public prosecutor for further review. The statement said the concerns expressed related to areas including basic nuclear installations, medical activities and approved organisations. Other issues reported included inappropriate material use, checks not being performed, and activities such as welding and non-destructive testing being performed by unqualified people and controls being carried out by internal organisations.
Materials World 30th May 2019 read more »
This Saturday, June 1, EDF was awarded the trophy for the most cracked tank, for that of the reactor No. 1 of the Tricastin power plant. The handover took place at the EDF Public Information Center in Tricastin, in the presence of representatives of the Stop Tricastin, Greenpeace and Outgoing Nuclear Associations. “With its 20 cracks , the trophy of the most cracked tank could not escape that of the Tricastin reactor No. 1. ” Said Alain Volle spokesman for the association Stop Tricastin, which intends, by this symbolic gesture, to denounce the obsolescence of the facilities and the risks related to the French nuclear fleet.
Greenpeace 1st June 2019 read more »