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March 8, 2010

LEAKED DOCUMENTS WARN OF FRENCH NUKE PLANT RISKS

GUARDIAN, UK - French anti-nuclear campaigners claim a new power plant being built in Normandy carries an accident risk of "Chernobyl proportions".

Sortir du Nucleaire, a protest network, says leaked confidential documents show that tests on the third-generation pressurized water reactor present a potentially catastrophic scenario.

The network has eight internal papers showing the results of tests on the European Pressurised Reactor that, it claims, reveal defects in the mechanism that controls the nuclear reaction. These defects, it says, could cause an explosion sending a massive cloud of radiation into the atmosphere.

The documents, leaked by an insider at the French electricity firm EDF, which will run the new Flamanville 3 power station, date from between 2004 and 2009. "They show the main arguments in favour of the EPR . . . are false," a spokesperson for Sortir du Nucleaire said.


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