French nuclear facility explosion

 At least one person is dead and four injured following a blast at a nuclear facility in the south of France.

The country’s nuclear regulator warned that there was a risk of a radioactive leak at the Centraco nuclear waste treatment facility, located in the Rhone Valley, near the city of Nimes, SkyNews reports.

However, the French Energy Ministry stated that the blast has not caused a radioactive leak.

It was caused by an explosion inside an oven used to melt waste at the site.

France’s Nuclear Safety Authority has already declared the incident over.

“This accident has no radiological risk or need for population protection,’ the ASN said, adding that it had suspended its crisis cell dealing with the incident, it said.

“Initial reports suggest there was an explosion in an oven used to melt metallic low- and very low-level radioactive waste.”

It went on to clarify that “this is an industrial accident, not a nuclear accident”.


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