In a new book to be published today, investigative reporters Thierry Gadault and Hugues Demeude disclose major deficiencies in the condition of several large nuclear power plants in France.
“Today, the question is no longer to know if a serious accident is possible in France but when it will take place,” said a senior executive of EDF, France’s nuclear power regulatory agency.
The book specifically warns that the Tricastin nuclear plant, located in Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux in southeastern France, is “the worst in the country.” The plant which was commissioned in 1980 has four pressurized water reactors providing electricity for 3.5 million local residents. The investigative report points to defects in reactor number 1.
“This reactor has all the problems,” explains Gadault and Demeude. They found numerous defects in the inner lining of the reactor and a serious risk of flooding.