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Criticality? Nuclear chain reaction may have caused explosion at France MOX plant, says French nuke expert

Published: September 12th, 2011 at 3:48 pm ET
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Gard: “no risk radioactive”, Europe1.fr/AFP, September 12, 2011:

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[...] The accident is probably due to “a few violent chemical reaction,” said Francis Sorin Europe 1 of the French Nuclear Energy Society. “It can also be an explosion due to the criticality, that is to say that at one point, there is a nuclear reaction, a chain reaction that begins but can not last. It is very but low enough to make an explosion, “he said.

“This is the first time it happens to us in 15 years,” said one of Europe ‘s head of occupational medicine. “Do not panic. We keep them informed but for now, we were just asked to lock themselves in the building and not to leave.”

An investigation will be opened in order to determine the exact cause of the accident. The International Atomic Energy Agency, the IAEA has asked France for information about the explosion. The crisis center of the UN agency was “immediately activated.”

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Published: September 12th, 2011 at 3:48 pm ET
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