Areva subsidiary fined over polluting groundwater after uranium spill being reported late to nuclear safety authorities

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A French court of appeals has issued Areva subsidiary Socatri with fines and damages totalling over half a million Euros for polluting groundwater after a 2008 spillage of uranium solution from a tank at the Tricastin site.

The appeal followed an October 2010 ruling which cleared Socatri of water pollution but fined it €40,000 ($53,000) for late reporting of the incident to nuclear safety authorities.

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