The lack of inspections at nuclear sites by safety experts, due to the coronavirus pandemic, raises fears for the safety of the facilities, union officials in the energy sector told Montel. The Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) canceled all its physical inspections of nuclear power plants, except the inspections considered essential, during the first containment in the spring. Since then, some inspections have resumed in the field but many are still carried out remotely. This reduction in on-site checks is exacerbating a situation where the workforce is already limited and communication with workers is lacking, say some union officials.
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Orano, formerly Areva, targeted by judicial investigation for corruption. A new case shakes the French nuclear group Orano, formerly known as Areva. An investigation was opened by the Paris prosecutor’s office for facts “of corruption of a foreign public official”, implicating in particular one of the providers of Orano, the company Eurotradia International. “We had not noticed anything abnormal and we are now at the disposal of justice,” said the spokesperson for Orano, who claims to have terminated his contracts with Eurotradia.