Anti-nuclear group condemns safetyrules in French plant

27th August 2004, Comments 0 comments

BORDEAUX, Aug 26 (AFP) - A French anti-nuclear group Thursday denounced what it said was deficient management at the 3,600-megawatt nuclear power station at Blayais in the Gironde river estuary near Bordeaux.

BORDEAUX, Aug 26 (AFP) - A French anti-nuclear group Thursday denounced what it said was deficient management at the 3,600-megawatt nuclear power station at Blayais in the Gironde river estuary near Bordeaux.

Basing its position on an internal memo, the activist group, which calls itself Chernblaye, said inspectors had found a "lack of rigour" in following safety rules.

It accused EDF, the operator of the plant, of being more concerned with profitability than safety.

A spokesman for the Nuclear Safety Authority denied the accusation and said safety was the overriding concern. The spokesman, Valere Lagel, acknowledged that an inspection by the authority had shown that the power station management did not have a "completely formalised" plan for dealing with an accident.

© AFP

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