Green­peace ac­tivists set off fire­works at French N-plant

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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.

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