One person was killed and four were injured on Monday afternoon in an explosion at a nuclear waste treatment site in southern France, according to the French Nuclear Safety Authority.
The authority and local police officials said there had been no radiation leak. The site about 20 miles from Avignon, has no nuclear reactors, the authority said.
A spokesperson for the French Atomic Energy Commission told the television channel LCI that “nothing has made it outside.”
A spokesman for the French power utility EDF, which owns the site, said that “it is an industrial accident, not a nuclear one.”
“In this type of oven, there are two kinds of waste,” he told Agence France-Press, “metallic waste, like tools and pumps,” and “burnable waste, like gloves or technicians’ overalls.”
He said that “the fire caused by the explosion has been controlled.”" @1 year ago with 27 notes