PARIS, Sept 8 A security incident has occurred
at a French nuclear site already under scrutiny because of a
series of safety scares over the summer, France's ASN nuclear
safety authority said on Monday.
ASN said two fuel units became snagged in a reactor at
Tricastin in southern France on Monday morning when site workers
were attempting to remove them during maintenance work.
The work was interrupted and the reactor building evacuated,
it said, but site workers were not affected and there was no
external leak. The incident was still being dealt with on Monday
EDF (EDF.PA), which operates the site, has proposed
classifying the incident at 1 on the International Nuclear Event
Scale, which ranges from zero to 7. ASN said it had not yet
taken a decision.
The incident is the latest of several that have highlighted
safety concerns in France's nuclear industry, the biggest in
Europe, accounting for 80 percent of French power generation.
In July, 30 cubic metres of liquid containing non-enriched
uranium was accidentally poured onto the ground and into a river
at Tricastin, prompting safety checks at all of France's 19
Weeks later, around 100 staff at the site were contaminated
with a low dose of radiation.
(Writing by James Mackenzie; Editing by Catherine Evans)