Photo: “Fire broke out at nuclear reactor” — “Plumes of black smoke could be seen from a considerable distance”

Published: June 7th, 2013 at 5:17 pm ET
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MarketWatch, June 7, 2013: French state-controlled power group Electricite de France SA said Friday a fire started on a transformer at its nuclear plant in Cattenom, eastern France, adding that it was outside the nuclear-processing area. [...]

Wort.lu: No injuries from nuclear reactor fire [...] A fire broke out at a nuclear reactor close to the Luxembourg border in France on Friday afternoon. The blaze, which began in Cattenom nuclear power station’s block 1 at around 1.40pm, created some panic among people in the area as plumes of black smoke could be seen from a considerable distance. [...]

Previously at Cattenom: Reports: Two dead, one wounded at nuclear plant in France

Published: June 7th, 2013 at 5:17 pm ET
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25 comments to Photo: “Fire broke out at nuclear reactor” — “Plumes of black smoke could be seen from a considerable distance”

  • norbu norbu

    "According to EDF, the source of the fire has been traced to the stepdown transformer, which supplies the reactor with elect….

    "EDF's unusual form of announcement underscores the group's wariness after a series of fires at several of its nuclear plants last year triggered a massive public outcry."

    SHUT THEM ALL DOWN NOW!

    Alot of smoke for just a transformer fire.
    Here is one burning.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZipeaAkuC0
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  • We Not They Finally

    I guess that they HAD to announce the fire, since "plumes of black smoke could be seen from a considerable distance"? Again and again, God knows what actually happened. Well, if the people running these monstrosities even care enough about humanity to keep Mr. God in the loop….


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  • WindorSolarPlease

    Don't worry, there's no immediate danger.
    We do not expect harmful levels of radiation.
    We will continue to keep you fully updated as you must know what I know.
    Do not take any precautions.
    The food and water are safe.
    The black smoke will dissipate.
    Nothing to see here, move along.
    You will be compensated.

    ~End Nuclear Power~


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    • WindorSolarPlease

      Another way to look at it:

      Don't worry, there's no immediate danger.
      (The Danger will be here in a couple of days.)

      We do not expect harmful levels of radiation.
      (We don't expect, we know it's coming.)

      We will continue to keep you fully updated as you must know what I know.
      (Since you think you already know what I know, then you are fully updated)

      Do not take any precautions.
      (There are no precautions to take, your screwed)

      The food and water are safe.
      (Safe, it's at the acceptable high levels of radiation, that we just implemented)

      The black smoke will dissipate.
      (Dissipate all over, into a wider area)

      Nothing to see here, move along.
      (Smile, you can't see radiation, nothing to see here at all)

      You will be compensated.
      (Oops we're too late, your dead)

      ~End Nuclear Power~


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  • weeman

    It was lunch time and I had just bought a bagel and coffee and was sitting outside in the sun, when bang and I looked over toward the source and to may horror smoke from the nuclear plant, let me tell you I almost crapped myself right their and then, I froze for a second got in my car put the pedal to the metal and got the hell out of there, man that would scare the livin hell out of you.


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  • This also begs the question; what happens when power no longer comes into a nuclear power plant?

    Duh…. like Fukushima, it melts down, especially if the backup batteries and generators fail, as they so often do.

    No mention of them at all..


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  • Baha 2012 Baha 2012

    If the quantity of nuclear reactor plant’s break down as being reported around the world today, were put in a movie, it would seem so unreal I just might walk out the theater … what were they thinking when they built these plants


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    • weeman

      What were they thinking when they built these plants and the answer is greed, they were only intrested in making a profit, the design should not have been up to private consortiums, the government should have designed and then took bids to build, instead they put a budget on the projects and let them design and that is the design they came up with, it works and they made lots of money, knowing fooly well all Achilles heals and possible consequences.
      As far as I understand even the latest designs of reactors still have the SFP 6 stories in the air, beside the reactor in a uncontained building, they know the possible consequences of this and still they use a similiar design and refuse to learn from past fail.
      Why does the nuclear industry not comply to environmental and safety regulations, you can not let a industry self regulate, period.
      Is nuclear power that important to national interests to take the risks associated with it, apparently,


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  • byron byron

    The "Related Posts" makes interesting reading. On February 28, 2013 the same plant had two workers die "and another was seriously injured on Thursday after a nacelle collapsed on the nuclear site of Cattenom in the eastern French town of Moselle".
    Back on September 5, 2012, "a chemical accident at the Fessenheim nuclear power plant in eastern France triggered a brief fire alert on Wednesday….sparked by an involuntary chemical reaction…".
    Two hours earlier Reuters reported it as a steam leak "but denied reports from the local fire brigade that a fire had broken out".
    Before that, on July 2, 2011, "On the grounds of the southern French niclear plant Tricastin, there have been media reports in France after a transformer explosion and fire."
    Just want to make people aware of the "Related Posts" feature. What is going on with these aging plants, accidents, fires, chemical, etc? We can probably expect more of these. And all we will be told is that there's nothing to see here, move along.


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  • Au Au

    Way to infuriate and sicken the Luxembourgians, Germans, Frenchians (is that a word?) and maybe even the Belgians. Also if the smoke landed on the Moselle (Mosel) river, the contamination went down stream not to mention that the Mosel wine region could have gotten dusted.


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  • Passivity, Complacency, And Plausible Deniability – On Fukushima Beach 2: The Lights of Fukushima; via @AGreenRoad
    http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2013/05/passivity-complacency-and-plausible.html

    Greg Palast; The Lies and Fraud Behind Nuclear Plant Emergency Diesel Generators; via @AGreenRoad
    http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/11/greg-palast-lies-and-fraud-behind.html


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  • Colinjames

    I doubt you'll see this, but anyways… as to "why" they built up the Nuke power industry… From a research paper I did on nuke waste in '90, I read that there was a lot of political pressure after using the bombs on Japan to develop a peaceful purpose for the technology. They assumed at the time that the waste issue would be solved quickly, that they would be able to recycle most of it and safely dispose of the rest, that the tech would be figured out in short order. I suppose knowing what I know now, I'm sure much of it was also pursuit of profit, and producing materials for weapons, but back then, at the dawn of the nuclear age, they thought sky's the limit on the potential for energy, completely assumed the waste issue would be solved, and they really were under a lot of pressure to use the atom for "peaceful" purposes. But I can tell you that 25 pg paper would look a LOT different now, which was pretty critical, but still, I was a 19 yr-old college freshman with no clue how much worse the story really was vis-a-vis Energy Co/NRC/Govt/MIC corruption, waste, secrecy, collusion, cover-ups… You know, business as usual.


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