Explosion Rocks Nuclear Waste Site in France

At least one dead, three injured
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 12, 2011 7:28 AM CDT
Updated Sep 12, 2011 7:59 AM CDT
Picture taken on August 31, 1973 of the nuclear power plant of Marcoule.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – An explosion hit the Marcoule nuclear plant in southern France today, killing at least one person and injuring three others, the BBC reports. The site handles nuclear waste and recycles plutonium from nuclear weapons into MOX fuel, but does not include any reactors. The explosion occurred near a furnace, but France's nuclear watchdog tells Reuters that no radioactive material has leaked out.

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