France’s ASN: Fire at uranium site under control, no radiation found

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PARIS (Reuters) -France’s nuclear watchdog ASN on Wednesday said it had found no traces of nuclear radiation after a fire broke out at a plant containing uranium in southeastern France run by EDF unit Framatome.

“No radioactive substance was affected by the fire”, the watchdog said, adding that it de-activated its emergency centre in the evening as the fire had been brought under control.

More extensive checks will be carried out by a special research team on Thursday.

A Framatome spokesman earlier said no staffer was harmed.

Framatome is a unit of French nuclear energy giant EDF. According to the company’s website, the Romans-sur-Isere site where the fire erupted produces fuel for nuclear power reactors based on enriched uranium.

(Reporting by Tassilo Hummel; Editing by Alistair Bell, Kirsten Donovan and Jonathan Oatis)

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