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Nuclear authorities dismiss a massive tritium leak from nuclear reactor as unimportant. But should they?

Nuclear: do our power plants release too much tritium? This fission residue is not very radiotoxic. But the discharge standards in waterways are more permissive in France than in Japan.

With the holiday season and the covid epidemic, the event has gone almost unnoticed. But it is reported in detail on the site of the Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN).

Between November 25 and December 8, 2021, at the Tricastin site, around 900 liters of effluents containing tritium infiltrated the soil, causing “abnormal radiological activity”. More precisely, the measurements carried out on site made it possible to detect a peak in radioactivity of 28,900
Becquerels per liter on December 12.

Taking up this information, the Mediapart site mentions a major radioactive leak. After ASN inspection, the event was nevertheless classified at level 0 on the international nuclear
events scale. How to explain this difference in perception?

 L’Express 28th Dec 2021

January 1, 2022 - Posted by | environment, France, incidents

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