Greenpeace activists set off fireworks at French N-plant
GREENPEACE activists set off fireworks inside a nuclear plant in eastern France on Thursday after breaking into the facility to underline its vulnerability to attack, the environmental group said. “Our activists launched a firework in the perimeter of a French nuclear plant. These installations are vulnerable,” the group said on Twitter.
Shortly after the pre-dawn infiltration, the EDF energy company that operates the plant said the protesters were detained before they reached the nuclear zone, and that the plant’s safety was not impacted. EDF tweeted: “Greenpeace activists on site. Stopped by police. No access to the nuclear area. No impact on the safety of installations.”
Greenpeace said the fireworks were set off at the foot of a spent fuel pool (SFP) -- where nuclear plants store highly radioactive fuel rods that are removed from reactors after their use.
Roger Spautz, a Greenpeace official in Luxembourg, said that at around 5:30 am, about 15 activists entered the site and crossed two security barriers to reach the building containing the SFP.
Spautz told AFP the action was aimed at drawing attention to the “fragility” of SFPs “that are not protected, unlike the reactor buildings”.
On Tuesday, Greenpeace warned about security shortcomings at French and Belgian nuclear plants that make them vulnerable to attack, citing an expert report commissioned by the group.