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Explosion at French Nuclear Site Leaves One Person Dead

Thursday, September 15, 2011

PARIS — One person was killed and four were injured Monday afternoon in an explosion at a nuclear waste treatment site in southern France, according to the French Nuclear Safety Authority.

The authority and local police officials said there had been no radiation leak. About five hours after the explosion, the authority announced that the episode was over. The site, about 20 miles from Avignon, has no nuclear reactors, the authority said. A spokesman for the French power utility Électricité de France, which owns the site, said, “It is an industrial accident, not a nuclear one.”

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Worker injured and contaminated at the French MOX processing plant MELOX

On 26 July 2004, at the MOX fuel processing facility Melox, during a maintenance operation in a glove box, the hand of a worker was injured by a contaminated mechanical equipment drop. The wound has been decontaminated and required a small surgical operation. There was no contamination spread in the installation and this event had no environmental consequence.

Category: Fuel Fabrication France Marcoule »

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Loss of an Iodine-131 package between France and Spain during air shipment

Loss of a type A package containing an iodine-131 radiation source with an activity of 2.18 GBq between Orly airport (France) and Madrid airport (Spain).

The package was sent by CIS bio international and shipped by IBERIA. This package was part of a load comprising 18 packages.

Category: Radiation Source France Marcoule »

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Loss of an iodine-125 source

Loss of a package containg 3 flasks of iodine-125 with a radioactivity level of 3 x 9.25 MBq during shipment from CIS bio's Marcoule (Gard) facility to its Saclay (Essonne) facility. At present it is not known under what circumstances and where the package went missing. The package is of the excepted type under the transport regulations. (See press release.)

Category: Radiation Source France Marcoule »