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Tuesday, 10 May 2011

South Africa: Greenpeace warns govt of flaws in French nuclear design

Greenpeace reminded the South African government to rethink its nuclear expansion plans and collaboration with the French nuclear industry as major safety concerns have been identified in the French reactor design European Pressurised Reactor EPR. This reminder comes against the backdrop of 55 Greenpeace activists began blocking the construction of a nuclear reactor at Flamanville, France. Greenpeace demands a moratorium on the construction work after the French nuclear safety authority ASN outlined major safety flaws of this French reactor design European Pressurised Reactor EPR [1] following the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan. The South African government intends to invest in new nuclear reactors, possibly from the EPR design. Greenpeace Africa warns SA not to follow France into the dangerous trap of nuclear energy, but instead learn from France's nuclear failures and invest in this country's renewable energy industry. At the Flamanville reactor site, Greenpeace activists anchored two trucks to the ground blockading the entrance. Some activists have scaled three cranes impeding further construction work at the site.

Source: AllAfrica/Greenpeace