Reuters: Local fire brigade reported fire broke out at French nuke plant, officials deny — “Involuntary chemical reaction” — AFP: 50 firefighters deployed

Published: September 5th, 2012 at 5:03 pm ET


Title: Accident at French nuclear plant
Source: AFP
Date: Sep 5, 2012

About 50 firefighters have been deployed, an official from the service said.

Title: Steam leak at EDF’s Fessenheim plant, no fire-EDF
Source: Reuters
Date: Sep 5, 2012 8:31pm IST

French power utility EDF said on Wednesday there was a steam leak at its Fessemheim nuclear power plant but denied reports from the local fire brigade that a fire had broken out.

Title: Two hurt in French N-plant accident
Source: The Press Association
Date: Sep 5, 2012

local authorities said the incident was “the beginning of a fire.”

Title: Chemical accident sparks alert at French nuclear plant
Source: Reuters
Date: Sep 5, 2012 11:00am EDT

A chemical accident at the Fessenheim nuclear power plant in eastern France triggered a brief fire alert on Wednesday and injured several people, local government and fire service officials said.

The incident, sparked by an involuntary chemical reaction, was quickly brought under control, officials said.

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Published: September 5th, 2012 at 5:03 pm ET


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14 comments to Reuters: Local fire brigade reported fire broke out at French nuke plant, officials deny — “Involuntary chemical reaction” — AFP: 50 firefighters deployed


    The Press Association article claims the following….

    "EDF said that the incident occurred during routine maintenance and that smoke was released."

    Notice the word "smoke" in this sentence, not "steam" as every other report is stating? Pretty scary stuff.

  • Radioactivist

    Hello everyone, I'm a long time lurker here and finally registered so that I could alert everyone to a very important event that happened a couple weeks back. I kept thinking I'd see it here and when I didn't I submitted the news anonymously. Today I submitted it again, as myself, Radioactivist.

    Below is the lede and here is the link:,0,2664124.story

    Last week, for the first time in its 37-year history, Unit 2 of the Millstone nuclear power plant was shut down because the Long Island Sound water used to cool it off was too damned warm. That plant provides half of all of Connecticut’s power.

    It remained off-line at the end of the week. “Temperatures in Long Island Sound are still too high,” explains Millstone spokesman Ken Holt. In fact, average water temperatures in the Sound have risen by almost two degrees since 1976, and there’s no indication that trend is stopping.

    If that worries you, if you wonder whether global warming has something to do with it, if you’re thinking that climate change is getting too close for comfort, and if you’re puzzled that none of this is being debated in this election year, you’re not alone…

    Pretty important stuff! I'd like to see what people here think. Hopefully the story will be up soon so that we have an appropriate place to discuss it.

    • Max1 Max1

      Hi Radio,
      I read about the Ct. Plant shuttering due to Atlantic water was too warm last month.
      Welcome to ENE.

    • razzz razzz

      Hi Radioactivist.

      Saw that article in the many links found here with all the different postings and opinions.

      With the drought, many streams and tributaries begin drying up leaving warmer waters including the mighty Mississippi.

      Most nuclear power plants are only 30% efficient at best so the waste heat is transferred to the nearest body of water or into the atmosphere. Even the San Onofre plant, when it was running, heats up the immediate surrounding Pacific Ocean with its heat exchange discharge which in turn, good or bad, attracts warmer water species locally.

      This excess heat, along with all other radioactive contaminates that nuclear reactors are allowed to discharge certainly does not help by heating earths waters including adding radioactive poisons into the environment. Within NRC/EPA limits or not.

    • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

      If humans can't turn them off voluntarily by seeing that it is global suicide, Momma Nature will, one way or the other; by force if necessary.

      It may not take very much longer…

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    France is littered with reactors …hope they can control them.

    • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

      They can't, not for much longer. The older these plants get, the more involuntary chemical reactions they will have.

      Of course those nuclear involuntary reactions end up causing terminal human involuntary chemical reactions…

      Translation; nuclear accidents cause lots of human deaths.

      But then no one wants to hear that bad news.. lets sanitize death and radiation and all that negativity…

      Everyone is just a bunch of chemicals after all; life has no real meaning. Who cares if the nuke industry kill a few million or billion chemical units here or there?

  • Atomfritz Atomfritz

    Pheew, after reading the articles behind these headlines, I am glad there nothing unusual has happened.

    Completely harmless, just a chemical accident, maybe some unimportant quantity of radiation released. Don't worry.

    But anyways, thanks to Enenews for reporting nuclear news so quickly!

  • m a x l i

    The spin makes me dizzy.

    In the old days a fire was called a fire. Now a fire is called "beginning of a fire".

    And that "involuntary chemical reaction" sounds so comforting. "Nothing nuclear going on here, it's all chemistry! Now go back to sleep!" Next they will rename nuclear power plants into "chemical power plants" to make it sound better.

    I remember a few hydrogen explosions 18 month ago. That was an "involuntary chemical reaction".

    If spent fuel pool 4 or any other falls dry, the zirconium hulls around the fuel pellets would start to burn. That would be an "involuntary chemical reaction" too.

  • JustmeAlso

    Reminds me of an accident with a French incinerator:

  • Daily News and Analysis reported that activists opposing Kudankulam nuclear power plant in Tamil Nadu's Tirunelveli district on 6th September 2012 made a fresh appeal that the project be scrapped and sought TN Chief Minister to support them in the matter.
    The protesters,among them children, from Idinthakarai in the district vowed to continue their peaceful agitation against the
    Kudankulam nuclear park.
    The children insisted that the nuke project would affect local farming and fishing activities.

    Other children also echoed similar views and requested the intervention of the CM for scrapping the project.

    The children also claimed they were questioned by police on their way to Chennai before being escorted into the city.

    Xavier Ammal, another resident of Idinthakarai village, expressed hope that the chief minister took note of the children's pleas and acted accordingly. They will continue their protest till the project is scrapped, she said.

    The children said they have written to US President Barack Obama's daughters Sasha and Malia, seeking support in closing down the nuclear plant.

    Since the March 2011 Fukushima catastrophe, a number of hospitals throughout India have ceaselessly experienced infant deaths within days of their admission. One report says that there has been a doubling of deaths of infants after March 2011 compared to the figure before the disaster. I urge that Sr90 be measured in the bones of dead infants before and after scientifically…