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France’s nuclear regulator fears that the Flamanville nuclear reactor has other problems as well as defective welds

Le Monde 18th Oct 2018 The Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) fears that the site of the EPR nuclear

reactor in Flamanville (Channel) has other problems “very difficult” , in
addition to that of welds, said Thursday, October 18 the head of the EPR
pole of the ASN of Normandy. “I do not hide from you that ( … ) we can
imagine that there may indeed be other difficulties elsewhere.

We are looking at whether the welds will remain, or not, the only very difficult
topic ” of this project, said Eric Zelnio at a meeting of the Local
Information Committee (CLI) on the Flamanville nuclear site.  This is the
reason why the ASN “is about to formulate to EDF a request to extend to
other equipment on the reactor” the requested quality review of the weld
problem.
The nuclear policeman also asks the group to “work on the kinetics
of these dysfunctions, known for some for some years, ” continued Zelnio.
“We have the feeling that there has been a significant lapse of time
between detection, reaction and information,” added the pole leader, also
regretting “the fact that some operations were not suspended” in the wake
of these detections.   https://www.lemonde.fr/economie/article/2018/10/18/epr-de-flamanville-le-gendarme-du-nucleaire-exprime-de-nouvelles-inquietudes_5371459_3234.html
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October 20, 2018 - Posted by | France, safety

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