France announces alarm over nuclear power plants

12 reactors halted for assessments

23 November, 20:06

    PARIS - Due to technical problems and financial difficulties experienced by energy giants EDF and Areva, the conditions of French nuclear power plants ''has become very worrisome'', Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) president Pierre-Franck Chevet said on Wednesday. Interviewed by the economic insert of Le Figaro, he said that 12 reactors had been shut down for inspections and stressed the need to reconsider the entire chain of control in order to make nuclear power safer. He added that the situation had worsened since April 2015 and that excessive carbon had been found in the steel of European Pressurized Reactors (EPR) and that 12 reactors had been halted or were about to be stopped in order to verify whether the excess of carbon in the steel would alter the mechanical resistance in the steam generators. Chevet said that the halt was simply to ensure the safety of the population.

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