France to inspect all nuclear power plants

July 17th, 2008 - 8:23 pm ICT by IANS  

Paris, July 17 (DPA) Ten days after the leak of radioactive uranium from a nuclear power plant in southern France, Environment Minister Jean-Louis Borloo has said he wants all the reactors of the country and the surrounding groundwater to be inspected. In an interview published in the daily Le Parisien Thursday, Borloo said that he wanted to examine “the radio-ecologic situation of all of the nuclear sites and… especially the groundwater situated near every French nuclear power plant.”

On July 7, some 75 kg of radioactive uranium leaked out of the Tricastin nuclear power plant and into two small nearby rivers.

There are currently 59 nuclear power plants in France, and they generate about 78 percent of the country’s electricity.

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