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Another incident at the Golfech nuclear plant

France 3/Scoop, May 19

On Thursday, 18 May, reactor N ° 2 of the Golfech nuclear power plant in Tarn-et-Garonne “stopped automatically, in accordance with the safety devices, following a hazard on a sensor of the condenser cooling system”, EDF said in a statement.

At 4:30 pm Unit 2 was reconnected. "This incident had no impact on the safety of the installations, the environment and the safety of personnel. The authorities and the Nuclear Safety Authority were informed," EDF said.

The event was deemed not significant by the operator, but it is one to add to a long series of incidents over several months, including the release of radioactive elements into the atmosphere for two minutes last October.

At the beginning of May, it was reactor N ° 1 that had automatically set itself ‘safe' after an incident on a sensor. On 27 April, smoke was detected in the fuel building of Unit No. 1.

A series of minor incidents that is sure to influence the political debate on the future of nuclear power in France. After the appointment of Nicolas Hulot to the Ministry of Ecology, EDF shares dropped by 6% on the Paris stock exchange.

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