Massive leak of tritium at French nuclear plant Tricastin

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A massive leak of tritium, a radioactive isotope of hydrogen, occurred earlier this month at the Tricastin nuclear power plant, one of the oldest in France, when subsequent radiation levels recorded in groundwater below it reached 28,900 becquerels per litre. Both the plant’s operator, EDF, and the French nuclear safety watchdog, the ASN, insist that the spill has been contained. But, as Jade Lindgaard reports, despite that claim it appears inevitable that that the radioactive effluent will pollute the local environment.



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A huge leak of tritium, a radioactive isotope of hydrogen, was discovered earlier this month by French utilities giant EDF at its nuclear power plant at Tricastin in south-east France, in the latest of a series of accidents at the site, one of the oldest in the country, over recent years.