Mass break-in at nuclear plant — Officials: They failed to reach control room — Greenpeace: “If being physically able to touch reactors isn’t being in a sensitive place, I don’t know what is”

Published: July 15th, 2013 at 1:58 pm ET


Fox News: Greenpeace activists break into French nuclear plant

The Guardian: Greenpeace activists break into EDF nuclear power plant in France

Voice of America: French Authorities Arrest Activists After Nuclear Plant Break-in

FRANCE 24:  […] Plant bosses and the Ministry of the Interior were quick to say that the protesters had failed to reach sensitive areas of the site, including the control room, calling the direct action “a media stunt that poses no danger to the site’s security”. […]

Reuters: Greenpeace activists break into French nuclear plant […] “If being physically able to touch the reactors is not being in a sensitive place, I don’t know what is,” [Yannick Rousselet, in charge of nuclear issues for Greenpeace France] told Reuters. “People with bad intentions could have posed a threat to the reactor’s safety.” […]

DPA: Greenpeace stages mass break-in at French nuclear plant […] They also projected the slogan “Tricastin nuclear accident” and a forked line representing a fissure in green letters on the wall of a building. The interior ministry said all 29 activists involved in the protest had been detained.

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Published: July 15th, 2013 at 1:58 pm ET


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28 comments to Mass break-in at nuclear plant — Officials: They failed to reach control room — Greenpeace: “If being physically able to touch reactors isn’t being in a sensitive place, I don’t know what is”

  • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

    what is disappointing about this is that it gives weight to the terrorist theme, already the largest false pretext for the growing police state. Terrorists are not required for nuclear reactors to blow up and pollute the world uncontrollably

  • or-well

    Had the 29 not been protesters but armed for an assault, they may well have reached the control room as well as taking out external power to the site.

    All I'm saying is, the plant certainly appears vulnerable to more than design flaws, cost cutting, mismanagement and nature.

    • bwoodfield bwoodfield

      It's not just this plant that is the problem. How many other stories have there been posted here that reflect the same lack of security at these NPPs. The goldfish left behind beside the reaction chamber, the hang-glider that dropped a small package on the plant, the nuns who walked onto the site and the guy who was caught near the main power switching station. Over and over again they show that these place's aren't the secure locations that the nukers and government claim them to be.

      Imagine the destruction if they recreated 9/11 and flew the planes into NPPs instead. The east coast would be gone, dead from radiation contamination for the next 2000 years and the rest of North America would contend with constant radiation sickness, birth defects, etc.

      It doesn't even need to be to that extreme. If another Timothy McVeigh loads up a van with fertilizer and diesel fuel, then goes for a cruise to the local NPP. That explosion would be more than enough to cause damage to the reaction chamber and surrounding infrastructure.

      Best way to defend them is to shut them down…

      • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

        No understanding of the geopolitical system that includes the nuclear stronghold is complete without grasping the demolition of the world trade center buildings. A big gamble that paid huge rewards for foreign invasions and domestic programs resulting in erosion of human rights. Tylenol is a bigger killer than terrorism. Not to say terrorism doesnt exist, but arguably the biggest and most destructive terrorists are the governments that claim to fight terrorism. Its more than a philosophical argument, its a defining or pivotal point for broad fascism. This is why focusing on terrorist vulnerability of power plants is a big of an injustice, since armed powerplants are not the answer to nuclear accidents which require no terrorism as we have seen with Chernobyl and Fukushima and all the others. Indeed, the problem of DU ballistics is a direct product of "war on terror", a hypocrites war.

        • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

          sorry, its a BIT (not big) of an injustice to focus on terrorist vulnerability when there are a hundred other causes that are shrugged off without concern, like corruption, natural catastrophes and engineering fallibility

          • or-well

            Code, I'd say the terrorist focus is a handy diversion/distraction from all the problems inherent with nuclear, including disgruntled, disaffected and/or disturbed workers on the inside.
            There are those who know and those who don't. Those who don't haven't the option of shrugging off concerns.

            I didn't intend to seem to be disputing the point of your 1st post. Rather, I wanted to emphasize the size of the group of protesters involved and relate that to situations that can arise in conflict between States.

            I think GWOT or Global War On Terror or the concept of "endless war" is itself terroristic.

            I remember watching the speech with the "with us or against us" remark and I knew bombs were gonna rain.
            Make that continue raining.

            • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

              thanks or-well. Domestic terrorism, the new enemy. "Yes, even your neighbor could be part of a greenpeace terrorist cell". I only hope greenpeace activists arent shot dead by well armed power plant guards.

              anti nuclear rallies; It seems to do so little to ask criminals to stop committing crimes, yet we are ever hopeful

              • or-well

                CodeS, the new enemy is dissent.
                I know folks who self-censor what they say, when and where and who they say it to, have been doing so more and more the last decade or so.
                The techniques employed by the State do work, whether implemented and applied with conscious intent or by those simply following orders.

      • or-well

        "Best way to defend them is to shut them down…"
        Thinking needs to evolve to defending earth and all life from nuclears' spawn.
        By that I mean not just it's radioactive substances but also it's proponents.


      agreed or-well. What's equally important is knowing, no amount of security at these facilities will prevent the array of threats this technology brings about. Only lip service is paid to the issue of terrorist assaults. Because, when push comes to shove, the people who make the decisions concerning NPP 'safety' are always leaning towards the bottom line. We have already witnessed over the years the many anti-nuke activists demonstrating how lax the security at these facilities are. You'd have thought that a bunch of Nuns would've been enough of a red flag. But alas, money is the only concern for those who claim they're doing their best to protect against (so-called) terrorist threats. If they were truly compelled to expend the necessary funds which – might – guarantee against such threats, the shareholders would be counting fluttering moths within their dividend envelopes…

      • or-well

        AFTERSHOCK, I think the "security" issue is another false either/or.
        I mean, there aren't levels of security ranging from really bad to impregnable. It's an illusion, a promo.
        Keeping "unauthorised" folks out doesn't equal "security" – all it is is keeping some folks out.
        Sorry, not very coherent today.
        NPP "safety" is a suite of lies, pretend defences against the indefensible and a few measures that with luck and a closing window of time have kept the worst from happening most of the time.

    • davidh7426 davidh7426

      They wouldn't have to reach the control room at all, if they reached and did enough significant to the cooling systems of the 'spent fuel pool' so that they where off-line for a long enough period then you'd have another Fukushima on our hands.

      The radiation would be spread over a VAST area, like Chernobyl and Fukushima.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks


    Would the fear and result be the same..

    If these were solar panel fields?

    If these were geothermal plants?

    If these were wind farms?

    If these were sterling engine electricity generation plants?

    If these were wave energy control plants?

    I think not and instead they would rather use the phrase in a once popular song…

    Killing me softly!

    • bwoodfield bwoodfield

      That's been my arguing point many a times. When an incident occurs at a nuclear power plant, it causes billions in clean-up, millions of deaths and contaminates the earth for thousands of years. ANY other type of power plant does not have this effect. Even a natural gas plant explosion is a minor event compared to anything occurring at a NPP.

      Any CodeShutdown, yes you're right. Focusing on the extremely tiny chance that any type of attack would occur is a waste of resources when considering all the other issues that nuke plants are plagued with. Again I'll say, it's better for everyone to shut them all down.

  • irhologram

    Code Shut Down. The play book for initiating martial law is said to be race war. Protests all across the U.S., after properly conducted judicial process (with the exception of the loot and burglary pix evidence in Trayvon's phone withheld by the prosecution)…are promulgated by the media and the Department of Justice virtually throwing out double jeopardy… (if the Feds want to the convict…forget about a jury of your peers.). …but CSD, it isn't permissible to draw attention to security issues at NPPs because we might bring in martial law? What do you suggest is the answer to the immediate action needed to stop nuclear madness? We protest one unproven murder…while thousands of black males are murdered every year, the majority black/on black, and police routinely assault blacks… But condemn Greenpeace for inviting scrutiny… Yet there are already riots in the streets here? Doesn't it, in some ways, bother you that there are not riots in the streets here over NPps? Not that I'm advocating that…I'm just making a comparison of intention, motivation, dedication…

    • Trawling4Trolls

      I find it interesting that after the judge allowed Martin's phone contents as evidence in a prosecution trial against Zimmerman that the prosecution did not seek similar discovery of Zimmerman's phone(s).

    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

      Holo, I dont say that we shouldnt expose terrorist vulnerability. But what is the likely outcome of this Greenpeace initiative? Off hand, I would say armed guards but no NPP shutdowns. What will happen next time? Maybe activists will be shot, maybe even with impunity. Imagine if Greenpeace stormed a bank, would they shut down banks? Or would politicians and public think activists are terrorists?

      • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

        I would add that for the real paranoid among us, its not a big stretch to think that "powers that be" could someday stage an activist equals terrorist scenario like this greenpeace action, just so they could justify greater police state control. We NEED to spy on everybody, for your safety, we MUST confiscate your guns, infiltrate your anti government anti nuke blogs…

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Yes.. we are going to shove this nuclear crap where the sun does not shine.. just like a proctologist!

    Just Groan once and/or Squeal like a pig.. and you will be spanked very, very hard, many times!

    Of course we have many people living in our newly nuclear genetically scrambled world who would want and desire such anal pleasures…….

    But then different strokes for different folks!

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Code..pithy.. nice choice.. but the bottom line is.. this all sounds rather painful to me.

    Chemo anyone?

    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

      Yannick Rousselet and Barbara Judge Lady star in "Nuclear Colonic; the Bottom Line" -there was only one way in, and no way out-

      • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

        The lone surviving Texas Ranger whos portfolio was nursed back to health by the Indian Tepco, rides with him, on Cesium and Strontium, to the far corners, promoting nuclear while living off a uranium mine which supplies him with income and bullets. Caught red handed with his pants down, he must choose between a radioactive barium enema or the dreaded life of solar and wind

  • War, Terrorists or Sabotage… sooner or later.

    One way or another it's foolish to think these Death Machines are not HUGE TARGETS.

    😉 There is no way Risk Management can even attempt to calculate those odds.

    The spent fuel pools are the easier more deadly targets.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks


    "Nuclear Colonic"

    Using "Rads"-Nuclear Bottled Smarter Water

    Party on in Switzerland!

  • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

    Go Greenpeace – you guys rock! Last year they entered a Swedish NPP on bicycles and hid on the premises for 24 hours or so. I tip my hat to their way of showing the world's public that "nuclear safety" is nothing but a joke. A bad one.
    Well done!

  • weeman

    I do hope that greenpeace will be picking up the tab to defend these brave souls and who most likely have time to spend in jail, these good people have put there freedom on the line and we owe them a debt of gratitude,

  • It has happened numerous times… and at least TWICE for real, with honest to goodness terrorists. We are amazed it does not happen more often..

    Hijackers Took Oak Ridge Nuclear Reactor Hostage; We Are All Hostages To Nuclear Power And Military Industry; via @AGreenRoad

    Why All Nuclear Power Plants Must Be Shut Down

    We are all hostages to the nuclear industry, and true terror does not describe the fear that is evoked when one of these things melts down…

    Who is the REAL terrorist?