French Nuke Plant Fire Stirs Industry Turmoil

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French Nuke Plant

France -- On Thursday morning an explosion and fire happened at a French nuclear plant in the turbine room.  This comes at a time when the world is falling out of love with nuclear power.  

The fire occurred at the Flamanville Nuclear Plant on the western shore of France.  The fire was in a building only a few dozen yards from the nuclear reactor.

The explosion and fire shut down reactor 1 of the 2-reactor plant.  The plant has not released an official cause of the fire, but it is believed that the explosion and fire were caused from overheating.  The fire started in a fan underneith an alternator.

No one was hurt, but five workers were examined for smoke inhalation after complaining of feeling ill.

This fire comes at a complicated time for nuclear power in France.  In 2015, the French government set a ceiling of 63.2 GW of nuclear electricity generation capacity.  The government determined that Flamanville would be commissioned upon the shutdown of Fessenheim, a 39-year old power plant.

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