September 12th, 2011
08:28 AM ET

One killed in blast at French nuclear waste site, source says

An oven exploded Monday at a nuclear site in France, killing one person and injuring four others, a spokeswoman for French energy company EDF said.

There was no radioactive leak or waste released, she said. The Ministry of the Interior and the French nuclear safety agency also said there had been no radioactive leak, CNN affiliate BFM-TV reported.

The explosion took place in Marcoule, in southeastern France, the EDF spokeswoman said, declining to give her name in line with company policy.

Weapons-grade plutonium is produced at the plant, the think tank Global Security said. EDF did not immediately confirm that.

France relies heavily on nuclear power, which now accounts for about 80% of the country's electricity production, according to the U.S. State Department.

The French government has been reviewing the country's dependence on nuclear energy in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan in March, which was triggered by an earthquake and tsunami.

There have been no serious suggestions from mainstream politicians that France reduce its dependence on nuclear power, the State Department said.

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  1. Francois

    So Now Mr. Sarkozy will say that France Will Build Ten More Nuclear Plants ? Cure the Evil with Evil !

    September 12, 2011 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
    • dave

      if your suggesting that nuclear is "evil", you need to read more before you speak. oil extraction kills FAR more people.

      September 12, 2011 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Charleton Fissionton, head of the National Nuclear Association

      Nukes don't kill people. People kill people.

      September 12, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  2. lioks

    Follow This reporter }- @MachahirNews who is tweeting live from #Marcoule, Francee be in touch.

    September 12, 2011 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Christine Lagard

      Nice work Thank you for the recommendation .Merci

      September 12, 2011 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Lima Vandi

      Merci pour cette recommendation ........................Great Job I hope that all people are save

      September 12, 2011 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  3. ajd041

    I have personally never been a fan of nuclear energy what happens when all the waste piles up? And Francois tht was funny and exactly how things work fight fire with fire NOT WATER

    September 12, 2011 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    Well, I am glad that there was no radiation leakage; my sympathy to the family who lost their loved one today.

    September 12, 2011 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  5. RUFFNUTT (axle rose impersonater )

    french food is gross... no wonder it taste so bad..

    September 12, 2011 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  6. bob

    Guardian says it was an electrical transformer, not nuclear.

    September 12, 2011 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Santa Claus

      Nuclear is the big BUZZ WORD! The story generates 20 times the traffic by tossing that word in there.

      All the Anti-Nuclear Trolls will be swarming here any moment now

      September 12, 2011 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  7. Kamikaze

    What the hell were they cooking?

    September 12, 2011 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
    • IHopper

      typical CNN. "Write" a story, regurg. some terms (oven), and don't explain it.

      September 12, 2011 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  8. yannaes

    Osama bin ladin Obama will bail the French out, just as he has with the U.S.A. Spend, and it will all work out in the 'end.'

    September 12, 2011 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  9. George

    Why don't they put the waste in sealed containers and send them to the bottom of an oceanic trench where there is a active subduction zone which will gradually move the materials into the bowels of the earth?

    September 12, 2011 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  10. bernd clifton

    Now it was an oven which exploded. Probably someone was heating a can of something in a microwave oven and it exploded

    September 12, 2011 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
  11. Mike

    how can they say no leak was found, meanwhile the thing exploded. When something explodes esp., Nuclear fuel or waste then yes there would be a leak.

    September 12, 2011 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
  12. David

    Im used to misleading headlines but this one is so alarmist its irresponsible.

    September 12, 2011 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  13. Francisco Neira

    After 3mile Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima we haven't learned something?

    September 12, 2011 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
    • David

      What lesson? That ovens are dangerous?

      September 12, 2011 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  14. gung hoe

    Condolences to the lost love one .ruffie I like both the food and french kissing

    September 12, 2011 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  15. Justin Observation

    A couple questions come to my mind after reading this article....

    Is it a Weapons Grade Plutonium Plant? Or a Nuclear Energy Waste Disposal Site?

    They say there is no radiation leak, so what exactly were they cooking in the oven that exploded? Popcorn?

    September 12, 2011 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
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