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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