Explosion at French nuclear waste site

A worker was killed today by an explosion in a furnace used to prepare contaminated metal for disposal.

Details of the event come from the French nuclear safety regulator, the ASN. It said that the incident occurred at the Centraco facility where low-level radiaoctive wastes are prepared for packing and disposal. ASN’s first assessment was that one worker was killed and four more injured, one of those seriously.

Preliminary information was that the furnace affected was used to to melt scrap metal structural components, pumps, valves and tools made of stainless steel or carbon steel that are lightly contaminated with short-lived and very-low-level radioactivity.

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