Marcoule Explosion

September 13, 2011 by staff 

Marcoule ExplosionMarcoule Explosion, An explosion at a nuclear facility in southern France killed one person and injured four others Monday – but nuclear watchdog of the nation has ruled out the possibility of a radioactive leak from the plant.

Reuters reports that the accident occurred at the Marcoule nuclear plant waste, which sits just under 20 miles outside the city of Avignon and 50 miles from the Mediterranean coast form. The site has no nuclear reactors, and police say there was no contamination outside the site.

The explosion is believed to have occurred when a furnace to melt scrap with low levels of radioactivity at a very high burst. Authorities have not yet given a reason for the explosion but say it was completely in the oven. A spokesman for EDF, the French electricity company that owns the site, said the blast was “an accident, not a nuclear,” reports the New York Times.

France gets 77 percent of its electricity from nuclear power plants, which is the world most dependent on nuclear energy.

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