July 1999

Contaminated Fresh Fuel Transport

[Posted 07/07/1999]

Contamination problems affect the transport of fresh fuel. Only one year after WISE-Paris revealed the scandal of spent fuel transport contamination, the French utility EDF admitted that it found significant contamination on a truck which delivered fresh fuel from the FBFC plant in Dessel (Belgium) to the French Tricastin nuclear power plant. The contamination level indicated by EDF of 1,200 Bq/cm2 exceeds the limit of 4 Bq/cm2 by a factor of 300. The causes are under investigation. There were no legal or any other disciplinary consequences of the 10 year lasting spent fuel contamination scandal (see Plutonium Investigation n°4-5/98). Why should the operators therefore fear any legal or other penalties this time?

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