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European Parliament asking akward questions concerning the fuel cladding on nuclear fuel rods

Parliamentary questions
28 February 2014
P-002367-14
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 117
Werner Langen (PPE)

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=WQ&reference=P-2014-002367&format=XML&language=EN

 

 Subject:  Fuel element cladding at the Cattenom nuclear power plant
In its issue of 14 February 2014 the Trierischer Volksfreund newspaper reported that the fuel element cladding at the Cattenom nuclear power plant had been examined and found to be actually or possibly damaged. If the cladding material were, say, severely corroded, fuel elements might need to be replaced ahead of time, and other problems could arise.

1. Is the Commission aware that, according to French media reports, 25 out of the 58 French nuclear power plants have corroded fuel element cladding?

2. Has corrosion of fuel element cladding been known to occur at nuclear power plants, and have there been any proven cases at Cattenom?

3. Has risk analysis ever been brought to bear on what is one of the largest and most efficient, but also one of the oldest, nuclear power plants in France?

4. In the light of the stress testing of nuclear installations in Europe, how does the Commission view the safety implications of this type of corrosion?

5. Does corrosion damage of the kind described have to be reported to the International Energy Agency or neighbouring countries?

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March 9, 2014 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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