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Water shortage, drought, necessitate shutdown of France’s Chooz Nuclear Plant

Nuclear reactor in France shut down over drought, Chooz Nuclear Plant on Belgian border turned off after dry summer evaporates water needed to cool reactors, AA, Cindi Cook   |25.08.2020   A nuclear power plant in northern France has been temporarily shuttered due to a drought in the area, said the company that runs the plant Tuesday.

The second reactor of the Chooz Nuclear Power Plant, in Ardennes, on the Belgian border, was shut down late Monday night, after the first reactor ceased operations Friday evening.

The actions were taken due to low water levels in the Meuse River, the main artery that runs through the area used to cool the two reactors.

The plant is named after Chooz, the commune where it is located in the Ardennes. The region is on level three of four drought alert levels…….

Water is a crucial ingredient for nuclear plant safety to cool the reactor core. ……

Water restrictions have been imposed this summer in 79 out of the 96 mainland departments in France due to drought conditions.   https://www.aa.com.tr/en/europe/nuclear-reactor-in-france-shut-down-over-drought/1952943

 

August 29, 2020 - Posted by | climate change, France

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