On That French Nuclear Leak Rumor

Tyler Durden's picture

From Reuters:


And since they promise no external leakage occured, who are we to doubt them?

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lizzy36's picture

Who indeed. Since official world agencies are sooooo forthcoming with this info.

It always struck me as odd that according to France, they were the ONLY Euro country to be completely missed by the Chernobyl fallout.

SheepDog-One's picture

'No leakage' confirms the real story is 'total reactor meltdown'.

Oh regional Indian's picture

Hah! But this is all just distractions from the big one. Ummmmmerica! The home of the atom splitters. Notice the German/Jewish connection? Oppenhiemer and Albert E.!

The stories from Fort Calhoun (Spent Fuel rods storage tanks are again the primary issue)... up and down the Miss/Miss...... failing leevees, flooding nuclear plants.

Not good!



Cocomaan's picture

Governments and power companies have absolutely no (self interested) reason to tell the truth about leaks, accidents or other foibles of environmental concern. 

Dick Darlington's picture

They shud hire Jun(c)ker to handle their communications on this.

JonNadler's picture

Anybody know the link to DoChenRolling Bearing's blog?

sushi's picture

Was expecting GW to post on this report from aljazerra:

Meanwhile, a nuclear waste advisor to the Japanese government reported that about 966 square kilometres near the power station - an area roughly 17 times the size of Manhattan - is now likely uninhabitable.


In the US, physician Janette Sherman MD and epidemiologist Joseph Mangano published an essay shedding light on a 35 per cent spike in infant mortality in northwest cities that occurred after the Fukushima meltdown, and may well be the result of fallout from the stricken nuclear plant.


The eight cities included in the report are San Jose, Berkeley, San Francisco, Sacramento, Santa Cruz, Portland, Seattle, and Boise, and the time frame of the report included the ten weeks immediately following the disaster.



I guess that is the reason for the IraqAfPak wars. Get the arabs to report stories untouched by western MSM.

fuu's picture

Their math was challenged as being cherry picked. They did not compare year over year numbers at all. There are some good links in the comment section of this SA article.




But someone else did the year over year work and found some intersting anomalies. Second article down on this link:



sushi's picture

Hey fuu - thank you!


Looking a little more closely at the time trend of the infant deaths after Fukushima, Sprey found that the most dramatic increases in deaths were in the two weeks right after the March 11 disaster. Those two weeks saw a near tripling of weekly deaths, followed by a period of somewhat elevated weekly deaths lasting for about five weeks – roughly 25 per over the pre-March 11 rate, then settling down close to the average pre-Fukushima death rate for the last three weeks of the ten week period post-disaster. These results are necessarily approximate because the weekly sample of deaths is too small for precise statistical conclusions.

This geographic concentration of radiation effects in the northernmost Pacific coast area is, in a sense, to be expected

because radiation plumes, like pollution plumes and ash plumes, do not disperse uniformly with distance, contrary to the equations used by all atmospheric computer modelers. To the contrary, actual observations of radiation dispersal after Chernobyl, or volcanic dispersal after any notable eruption, including the recent Icelandic eruptions, always show that the particles disperse in unpredictable and quite concentrated plumes which touch down occasionally and with high concentration at great distances from the source.


Dapper Dan's picture
Whereabouts of 30 nuclear power plant subcontractors unknown: Health Ministry

The whereabouts of about 30 subcontractors who helped deal with the crisis at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant is unknown, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said on June 20.


How about checking the morgue or hospital.

FUKUSHIMA -- Prefectural Gov. Yuhei Sato tore into the president of Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), the operator of the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant, during a visit by the utility chief to apologize for the ongoing nuclear crisis afflicting the prefecture.

"You will understand nothing about what's really going on just by visiting for two or three hours," Sato told TEPCO President Masataka Shimizu and his projected successor Toshio Nishizawa during a meeting in the governor's office in the Fukushima Prefectural Office on June 21. "You try living in Fukushima for 100 days or so."


dugorama's picture

"The remaining 56 were either about to undergo tests or could not undergo tests due to illness."


wonder what kind of illness?

fuu's picture

Still no article on Nebraska?

SheepDog-One's picture

Right, 2 reactors right in the center of the US are about to be flooded soon as that damn bursts. Not newsworthy....continue chewing your cud americas, nothing to see here.

web bot's picture

Web bot linguistics are saying that a radiation leak in the US is showing up in release language... within the next 2 weeks. They are usually right on, or right off. You be the judge.



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PY-129-20's picture

This is even a hot topic for German News media and they usually lag behind everything else...

spanish inquisition's picture

Lots of rain up and down the Missouri in the last week working its way down to Nebraska. I think most flood gates are open.


I am thinking if this keeps up they will let certain levees breach and possibly concider blowing some to ease pressure on other more important ones.

A Man without Qualities's picture

Good job it didn't happen in July - they would all be away on vacation...

curbyourrisk's picture

Officially denied....I wouldn't be staying too long in france right now.

godzila's picture

Although far from perfect there is a definite separation in France between the operator and the supervision body (US take notice). If this is a real issue it will be leaked (pun intended) sooner than latter to public knowledge.

treemagnet's picture

And the Sierra Clubs' of the world bitch about coal....

Jim in MN's picture

Information like this? Surely no connection to the abrupt FIRING of the leading lady of the French nuclear industry, AREVA director Anne Lauvergeon (or is that just a rumor?  Someone get on that).


From last Friday:

PARIS, June 17 | Fri Jun 17, 2011 5:57am EDT

PARIS, June 17 (Reuters) - The 900-megawatt (MW) reactor 2 at EDF's (EDF.PA) Cruas nuclear plant and the 1,300-MW reactor 2 at the state uility's Paluel plant were stopped on Friday, French power grid RTE said on its website.

Cruas 2 reactor was stopped late last night and was due to restart at 1600 GMT, RTE said. No further information was available for the Paluel reactor.

Tense INDIAN's picture

Depopulation has begun ....we cant do anything about it ....BUILD BUNKERS ...prepare for survival......

Redneck Makin-tosh's picture

In other news, 9 civilians murdered in Libya as UN enforce no fly zone and woman beheaded in Saudi for crime of being a poor foreigner and having audacity to act in self defence against abusive rich employer.

Franken_Stein's picture


From wikipedia:


In the past, there were problems with the cooling of the plant due to blockage of cooling water from the English Channel, which causes an automatic reactor trip.

The blockage has been caused in part by seasonally-present macroalgae, and EDF is pursuing possible solutions to prevent its entrainment with Gunderboom, Inc..




Laddie's picture

France built a reactor right on the border with Germany. The prevailing winds blow TOWARDS Germany and Luxembourg from that reactor area. They had a "leak" and radioactive materials were sent spewing into the air, the Germans were warned by their government to get indoors, not to eat anything grown in the gardens, etc.

The French were told NOTHING, as if it DIDN'T happen!!!

So far since FUKUshima there have been "incidents" at American reactors in Alabama, three, Ohio, Mississippi, and perhaps Nebraska.

AP did ok on this but missed a few, well they should read ZH then they would really get the leading edge on this and other topics:

Tritium leaks found at many nuke sites
June 21 2011

"The Revolution won't happen with guns, rather it will happen incrementally, year by year, generation by generation. We will gradually infiltrate their educational institutions and their political offices, transforming them slowly into Marxist entities as we move towards universal egalitarianism."
MAX HORKHEIMER, Marxist Theoretician

Juice Box's picture

Glow in the dark Fromage?

Use of Weapons's picture

La pomme de terre rougeoyant!


To cheer you up - a repost of something I posted (along with metaphorical bender) http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=europe-braces-for-serio...


"And the French government has set up a committee to keep an eye on the country's electricity supply situation and monitor river levels, as 44 of the 58 nuclear reactors that supply 80 percent of France's electricity are cooled by river water."



Let's see how things are going in mid July, hmm.

destiny's picture

For those who understand french, here is a frenchman living in Japan and speaking about the situation over there....a MUST WATCH (french literates)


Situation is D E S P E R A T E 

Jovil's picture

What worries me on the flooded power plant in Nebraska is that the government says everything is OK.



americanspirit's picture

Meanwhile on the other side of the world, if you think the word 'Fukushima' has burnd itself into  our collective consciousness, wait till you start hearing the word "Monju". That's a monster liquid Sodium cooled reactor on Japan's West coast that engineers have been trying to save from going Chernobyl for weeks - seems somebody pulled a big OOPS and dropped a 250 ton thingamajig down the hole and they can't figure out how to retrieve it without the whole thing blowing sky high - literally. Here's a link to one of the rare ( for now) pieces of coverage of this developing disaster. 


Use of Weapons's picture



"A top manager at the plant recently committed suicide, on the day that Japan’s atomic energy agency announced that efforts to recover the device would cost almost $21.9 million. And, like several other reactors, Monju lies on an active fault...

Monju was reopened in May 2010, and just three months later, the 3.3-ton fuel relay device fell into the pressure vessel when a loose clutch gave way. In the two decades since the reactor started tests in 1991, the atomic energy agency has managed to generate electricity at the reactor only for one full hour."







Why is ZH not covering the market debacle / hack / crash of BitCoin? I'd have thought that market + deregulated money + libertarian theory + conspiracy= ZH meat n potatoes.


Oh, and several ZH's have lost fiat on the ongoing drama, I'm sure.

SWRichmond's picture

Those of us who are old enough to remember Chernobyl (obviously not that many based on comments here) remember that, in the immediate post-Chernobyl period, every time a reactor anywhere burped everyone ran around with their hair on fire.

Well, not everyone.  But if you like your hair being on fire, then by all means, proceed.  Who am I to stop you?

americanspirit's picture

I am more than old enough to remember Chernobyl, and Three Mile Island, and Bikini atoll, and when I was 8 I visited Hiroshima in 1948 with my father - lots of folks there with hair on fire, or so I'm told. So if you want to be a voice of reason and dismiss reactor burps as trivial incidents, be my guest. However, if Monju blows my guess is that you won't be vacationing in central Japan anytime son, oh calm one.

PulauHantu29's picture

The French should haul in the Japan PM to speak his now-famous line..."but it's only a tiny leak."