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There’s been an explosion at a major nuclear plant in the English channel


An explosion occurred at the Flamanville nuclear plant in Normandy on Thursday morning, newspaper France Ouest reports.

State-owned Eléctricité de France (EDF) said in a statement that a fire in a machine room caused the explosion in a “non-nuclear” part of the power station and added that there were no casualties and no environmental or safety concerns.

The incident happened at around 10 a.m. local time in the engine room of the nuclear plant that is in the English channel.

“It is a significant technical event but it is not a nuclear accident” because the explosion occurred “outside the nuclear zone. At 12:10 pm, the fire was contained in the engine room.” Olivier Marmion, director of the Chief Constable’s office told Ouest France.

The activity of reactor 1 was shut down, according to procedure and EDF installed a safety perimeter around it.

“Five people were slightly intoxicated but they are not injured,” Marmion added, saying that security and emergency services were at the scene.

EDF is in charge of managing the Flamanville nuclear plant. It is also the company in charge of building the £18 billion Hinkley Point C plant in the UK.

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19 Comments on "There’s been an explosion at a major nuclear plant in the English channel"

  1. makati1 on Fri, 10th Feb 2017 6:32 pm 

    “Five people were slightly intoxicated but they are not injured,”

    Intoxicated? I thought this was a nuclear plant, not an alcohol distillery. lol

  2. Apneaman on Fri, 10th Feb 2017 7:35 pm 

    WTF is the point? No radiation, no humans melting to death, cmon. I hate it when they get me all worked up like that. Fucking cock tease.

  3. Apneaman on Fri, 10th Feb 2017 7:52 pm 

    My new hero. I believe the American people, and their children, truly deserve the vision this patriot is offering.

    Rep. Sam Johnson (R-Texas) introduced the Wasteful EPA Programs Elimination Act on Thursday, saying it would save $7.5 billion annually. That would leave the agency with a budget of less than $1 billion.

    Major EPA climate change programs would be eliminated under the measure.

    The legislation would also close all of the EPA’s regional offices, halt new regulations on ground-level ozone pollution and require the agency to lease unused property.

    “As a fiscal conservative, I believe Washington should be a good steward of taxpayers’ dollars,” Johnson said in a statement.”

  4. penury on Fri, 10th Feb 2017 8:13 pm 

    Never happen. If all the useless gov agencies get defunded, what will we do with all the unemployed?

  5. dave thompson on Fri, 10th Feb 2017 8:54 pm 

    “Flamanville” nuclear plant explosion? I thought this was a joke put out by the Onion. EPA regulation? Apneaman, now listen up all those pesky regulations do in the first place, is make an attempt at keeping us from having FLAMANVILLE type situations. We all know that clean water and air is for the rich folks. No money? To bad!

  6. makati1 on Fri, 10th Feb 2017 10:43 pm 

    You are right, Penury. The US federal Government employs about 4,185,000 people in 2017. That does not count government contractors and suppliers, grants for research (employs a lot of otherwise useless people doing research on how subjects like kissing or farts affects our lives.) etc. Government waste by at least 90%.

  7. makati1 on Fri, 10th Feb 2017 10:50 pm 

    BTW: State and Local Government Employment and Payroll Data: March 2015 more information
    2015 Annual Survey of Public Employment & Payroll:

    Total – All State & Local Government Employment Functions = ~ 16,279,298 people.

    Add that to the federal number and you get over 20,000,000 government drones sucking at the tax teat.

    What are they ever going to do when that pink slip comes as taxes shrink? And even worse! None of their retirement plans are solvent! LMAO

  8. Apneaman on Fri, 10th Feb 2017 11:26 pm 

    mak, worlds #1 employer?

    “…the US Department of Defense with a cool 3.2 million-strong workforce.”

    If I remember correctly about a half million work outside the US. Big pig on the diesel and gasoline that M in the MIC is. Everything and any non club members will be sacrificed to keep that machine going. No matter what else happens there will be military’s for as long as there is energy. It’s the last thing to go.

  9. makati1 on Sat, 11th Feb 2017 12:19 am 

    Ap, sorry to say, you are probably correct. It takes a lot to keep 800 bases open and patrol the world. I wonder just how much longer that can happen? Not to long, I hope. I understand that Rome dissolved when they could not pay their military and it turned on them. We should be so lucky.

    We really do live in exciting times. Not only is our very planet turning on us ecologically, but chaos seems to be spreading at an almost exponential pace like a virus. The question is: do we go out with a whimper or a bang? Time will tell.

  10. Davy on Sat, 11th Feb 2017 1:50 am 

    One common denominator in the bellow referenced articles on ZH is destructive change in global governance. This is a turbulent time with a vacuum of leadership because the old order is threatening to dissolve without a known quantity to replace it. Are these dangerous times or a time of renewal? From what we know here at PO it is just more to add to our list of breakdowns in modern civilization. If this change to global governance was change with an underlying healthy world this might be an optimistic time. It seems more a prelude to a dark time. Yet, the status quo battles on with amazing regularity but increasingly in the surreal.
    “From New World Order To Hazy Global Disorder”
    “It is a new global disorder but in this chaos, a return to a multipolar world and the end of «sole U.S. superpower» status may be a blessing in the long run. In the short run, however, the chaos will confuse every foreign ministry and international organization bureaucracy on every continent.”

    “Martin Armstrong: “EU in Disintegration Mode”
    “The EU constantly repeated motto of a federalized Europe will less the risk of war but nobody else takes this seriously outside of Brussels. The “European Project” is creating the resentment that fuels war. With this policy in place, the Community has refused to listen to anyone but themselves. This has led to small issues festering and creating resentment which grows into a huge problem and Brexit that has spun Frexit and all the rest.”

    “From New World Order To Hazy Global Disorder”
    “The Donald Trump administration and the Brexit severance of ties between the United Kingdom and the European Union have, in a matter of a little over a half year, changed the world from a post-Cold War «new world order» based on American supremacy to a global «disorder» of altered alliances on a multipolar geo-political chessboard…Every international relations textbook and playbook can be thrown away with the advent of the new global disorder.”

    “The Reason The Elite Hate Trump So Much: He Is Opposed To The One World Agenda Of The Globalists”
    “The truth, of course, is that it runs much deeper than that. Ultimately, the elite hate Trump because he is opposed to their demonic one world agenda. Many among the elite are referred to as “globalists” because their eventual goal is to unite the whole world under a single planetary system… So they get really angry when Donald Trump talks of “building a wall” or establishing a travel ban from certain countries because they eventually want a world without any borders at all. And they get really angry when Donald Trump says that he wants to pull the United States out of international trade deals, because the elite were using those international trade deals to slowly integrate all nations into a single one world economy. And they really don’t like when Donald Trump criticizes Islam, because Islam is going to be a key component of the one world religion that they plan to establish.”

    “Economists: Le Pen Victory Would Lead To “Massive Sovereign Default”, Global Financial Chaos”
    “As per her recently released manifesto, Le Pen has promised to unilaterally take France out of the Euro within six months, sparking concerns over what might happen then. The answer comes from the National Front itself, which overnight revealed its plans to the FT, suggesting that €1.7 trillion of French public debt would be redenominated into francs if the far-right National Front party gets into power.”

  11. superpeasant on Sat, 11th Feb 2017 10:12 am 

    I am not an American so could someone please explain what they mean by ‘elite’? If Trump, his gamily, the 5 Goldman Sachs people, Rex Tillerson and assorted $gazillionalres he has appointed are not ‘the elite’ – please define who the others are? Yes, I hear about ‘the liberal elite’, but lets’ face it, most of those are in fact environmentalists, ageing hippies, schoolteachers, university teachers etc etc. Please, please explain what you mean.

  12. Antius on Sat, 11th Feb 2017 10:34 am 

    Every time someone farts at a nuclear plant, the whole world sh*ts itself.

  13. Cloggie on Sat, 11th Feb 2017 10:47 am 

    Every time someone farts at a nuclear plant, the whole world sh*ts itself.

    …and on your income?

  14. Cloggie on Sat, 11th Feb 2017 11:02 am 

    Every time someone farts at a nuclear plant, the whole world sh*ts itself.

    There is no one shitting more effectively on the nuclear industry than the nuclear industry itself:

  15. Cloggie on Sat, 11th Feb 2017 11:16 am 

    Fukushima aftermath:

    the causes of the accident had been foreseeable, and that the plant operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), had failed to meet basic safety requirements such as risk assessment, preparing for containing collateral damage, and developing evacuation plans… an estimated 1,600 deaths are believed to have occurred due to the resultant evacuation conditions… A frozen soil barrier is being constructed to prevent further contamination of seeping groundwater by melted-down nuclear fuel… As of March 2016, of the original 470,000 evacuees, 174,000 evacuees remain… In December 2016 the government estimated decontamination, compensation, decommissioning and radioactive waste storage costs at 21.5 trillion yen ($187 billion)

    Japan is one of the smartest countries in the world and like most smart high-developed nations, they are using their females for the economy rather than for what they are designed for: having offspring. Maybe these “developed” nations aren’t so smart after all.

    In the West, the whites are rapidly replaced by folks who are completely unwilling and unable to carry on the torch of High Civilization. And you want them to run the thousands of nuclear energy stations? You gotta be kidding me.

  16. Davy on Sat, 11th Feb 2017 11:47 am 

    Superpeasant, elite is a broad brush stroke for many different groups. I am quickly generalizing here so take this as a primer. The rich elite are the plutocrats and oligarchs of the world. We have the political and industrial elites who are generally below this group but attached through power connections. These will be both conservative and liberal.

    When they talk about the liberal elites this is referring to the best minds of the world who have a liberal leaning. They generally have money and good positions because of their education. They are the educated elites of the universities, professional class, media, and Hollywood. The list you are referring to as liberal elite is still true but it is just many of those you mentioned have moved into the corrupted liberal elite class. This has happened through wealth transfer and privilege over the last 20 years. These liberal elites have moved into positions of social power through a corrupted system and now are corrupted themselves. This is a potent example of how society is now nearly completely gone. When your best and brightest minds are completely corrupted your society is near its end. This is where we are now as a global people.

    The so-called Trump deplorables are a mish mash but many are the uneducated worker class and rural poor. They are also the conservative class who generally will debate science with religion. They may or may not be educated but most have privilege within their community. Conservatives are also many times the rich business owners of the gated communities. You have the typical conservative elites that are part of the backbone of the upper middle class and professional class.

    You then have the poor and peasant class at the bottom where more and more of all classes are migrating and where most of us will end up if a collapse occurs.

  17. Davy on Sat, 11th Feb 2017 12:31 pm 

    Superpeasant here is further reading from a different angle:
    “The Coming Class Wars”

    “Class Warfare: It’s More Than Just Income: Fast-forward to today, and an unexpected series of class wars are emerging as this longstanding social contract frays: social mobility has declined, fostering a divide between the traditional working class (also known as the lower-middle class) which finds itself increasingly exposed to the corrosive winds of globalization and neoliberal policies, and the upper-middle class of highly educated professionals and technocrats who have benefited from these policies, securing protected employment in higher education, government and Corporate America.”

    “Commentator Peggy Noonan’s influential essay described America’s nascent class war as pitting the protected class—those with secure pay and benefits —against the unprotected class of those with insecure employment and benefits. In other words, the divisive economic issue is not simply the quantity of each class’s income and wealth, but the quality of their respective economic security.”

    “Class Warfare: Economic and Cultural: This widening gap between the Protected and the Unprotected is not just economic; it’s also cultural. The Mobile Cosmopolitans who secure protected positions have little exposure to the challenges of the unprotected, whom they typically interact with only as an employer giving instructions to maids, nannies, dog-walkers, waiters, etc. Sociologist Charles Murray described this widening cultural gap in his 2012 book Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960–2010. Murray made the case that America’s cultural elite—the mobile, highly educated and largely urban upper middle class, i.e. the protected class—is a reservoir of the traditional values (marriage, attending church, setting goals, etc.) that are fading in working-class unprotected America.”

  18. Hubert on Sun, 12th Feb 2017 3:00 am 

    That blew up real good.

  19. Hubert on Sun, 12th Feb 2017 3:08 am 

    Nothing to see here folks, just move along…

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