|Author (Person)||Hollinger, Peggy|
|Series Title||Financial Times|
A furnace used to treat low grade nuclear waste exploded at a nuclear site in southern France on the 12 September 2011.
France's nuclear safety authority ASN said there were no radioactive leaks from the explosion at the waste treatment site at Marcoule run by EDF, the operator of France's 58 nuclear power stations.
The accident was likely to amplify concerns over the safety of nuclear power after the disaster at Fukushima in Japan earlier in 2011. Although French public opinion has remained largely favourable to nuclear power, which provides 78% of the country's electricity, polls showed a growing proportion of people questioning the role of nuclear power after the Japanese catastrophe. The International Atomic Energy Agency asked France's nuclear safety authority for more information on the explosion, as was normal in such circumstances.
|Countries / Regions||France|