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Leak risk at French nuclear site

Sapa | 2011-09-12 13:55:24.0
An anti-nuclear protester. File picture
An anti-nuclear protester. File picture
Image by: ISSEI KATO / REUTERS

There is a risk of a radioactive leak after an explosion in an oven Monday at the Marcoule nuclear site near the city of Nimes in the south of France, emergency services said.

The blast hit the Centraco nuclear waste treatment centre belonging to the Socodei subsidiary of national electricity provider EDF, said a spokesman for the Atomic Energy Commissariat (CEA).

"For the time being nothing has made it outside," the spokesman said, asking not to be named.

A security perimeter has been set up around the installation, firefighters said, without being able to provide further details.

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