French nuclear plant gets green light but watchdog says severe risks remain

The Bugey Nuclear Power Plant, 35 kilometers west of Lyon, “has improved preparedness for evacuation of personnel” in case of a radioactive lead, enhanced its “handling of hazardous chemical substances,” improved “maintenance activities,” according to the IAEA statement.

But the main problem – the fact that the plant was built in 1979 and reaching the end of its life cycle – doesn’t seem to be addressed properly, according to critics, and draughts and heatwaves affect the efficiency of the plant as well.

““There may have been some improvement, but it’s quite a long shot,” Charlotte Mijeon, spokesperson for the network Sortir du Nucléaire (SdN) told RFI.

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Source: RFI