Radioactive water leak found after fire extinguished at French Penly nuclear power plant

Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

Fire crews crowded into ten fire engines and rushed to a nuclear reactor in northern France after an escape of smoke and the reactorwas shut down after the alarm was raised at 12:20 (11:20 GMT).  EDF notified authorities that it later found a “leakage of radioactive water” of the primary circuit of the reactor of Penly after the reactor stopped and fires were extinguished.

France’s nuclear safety body, Autorite de la surete nucleaire, or ASN, said that reactor number two, where the flames had been detected, was still halted following the incident.

A release of smoke automatically shut down the No 2 reactor, according to the EDF.  Emergency services tackled the two fires at 13:15, and a SWAT team also arrived at the station  to inspect all facilities and find that there were no other areas the utility said on its website.

The EDF spokeswoman said no new fires had been discovered during the inspection, adding “a leak from the system had caused two pools of oil,” and that the high ambient temperature then generated smoke and small flames.

The Autorite de la surete nucleaire (ASN), said that it would carry out an inspection at the site.

The statement from EDF can be found here.

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