Fire Breaks Out At Fessenheim Nuclear Power Plant, Injuries Reported

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Breaking news from now from France 24, which follows the massive7.9 Costa Rica earthquake moments ago.


Fessenheim is France's oldest nuclear power plant located in the Alsace region.


Eight employees working on the nuclear site Fessenheim in Alsace, were victims of an incident Wednesday. At the origin of their injuries, a release of hydrogen peroxide vapor, "following the injection of hydrogen peroxide in a tank," said Europe 1 prefecture of Haut-Rhin.


Two people were slightly burned and six other inconvenience. They were supported by relief.


Fifty firefighters were deployed to the site.

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Wed, 09/05/2012 - 11:04 | 2764429 hedgeless_horseman
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It is out.  Back to your coffee ole and croissandwiches.

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 11:13 | 2764488 SWRichmond
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H2O2 injection probably being done for primary plant chemistry control (pre-shutdown to reduce H2?).  This is a chemical fire.

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 11:34 | 2764570 BandGap
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Where is the H2 coming from?  Peroxide and H2 is not a nice mix.  Would they use the H2O2 to keep microorganisms from growing on surfaces?

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 11:44 | 2764609 idea_hamster
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Wed, 09/05/2012 - 11:45 | 2764617 Ahmeexnal
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Wed, 09/05/2012 - 11:49 | 2764636 idea_hamster
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Edit failue -- was going to say that the H2 can come from zirconium cladding on power rods when exposed to air and extreme heat.  That's what blew the rooves off of the Fukushima buildings.

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 11:50 | 2764638 White.Star.Line
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You forgot the Bitchez!

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 12:49 | 2764834 The Big Ching-aso
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Crepes Nuczette?

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 16:52 | 2765780 GOSPLAN HERO
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"Remember Fessenheim!"

- a line from a Dirty Harry film.

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 11:14 | 2764497 Gene Parmesan
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I'm concerned about the 6 inconvenienced workers. Remember the inconvenienced!

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 11:22 | 2764526 Cognitive Dissonance
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Translation issue. They meant in "Oh Shit".

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 11:33 | 2764565 BankruptBanker
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Will be useful the next time a nuke plant goes off...

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 11:58 | 2764668 A Nanny Moose
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Let them eat irradiated cake.

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 12:33 | 2764791 franzpick
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Let them eat yellowcake.

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 12:46 | 2764837 LongSoupLine
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Sock Ray Blue!!

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 12:01 | 2764671 Azannoth
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That's serious business in France inconveniencing workers is a felony offence, nvm the radiation just watch this develop into the real story

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 11:18 | 2764499 ihedgemyhedges
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Good thing it's not Maria Bartiromo doing the reporting.  I can hear it now:

"We've got a large earthquake being reported in Costa Rica and a fire as well at a nuclear plant in France.  Let's go to Bob Doll and see what stocks he's buying as a result.  Bob, whaddya like here?"

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 11:03 | 2764430 autonomos
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Fukushineheim bitchez

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 11:03 | 2764432 Sudden Debt
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This shit is just to funny... and of course all will be well untill we all start to glow in the dark...


Wed, 09/05/2012 - 11:10 | 2764471 GeezerGeek
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Think of the reduced need for interior lighting if people glowed in the dark. Then France could get by with fewer nuclear plants.

I thought of buying a glow-in-the-dark Japanese car late last year, because it would be easy to locate in a parking lot after dark. Then I remembered that I don't go out after dark because it would conflict with watching all those mind-numbing 'reality' shows. I mean, who can resist "Dancing with the Wannabe-Stars Who Think They Have Talent But Don't"?

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 12:00 | 2764673 A Nanny Moose
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Who's to say it isn't the next phase of human evolution.

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 17:05 | 2765812 Not Too Important
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There isn't going to be any more 'evolution'. Now it's only 'lethal mutation', for all lifeforms on this planet:

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 11:06 | 2764440 Chippewa Partners
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My wife will "glow" after the first sip!!!


Wed, 09/05/2012 - 11:06 | 2764444 machineh
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So France will go off nukes along with Germany?

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 13:08 | 2764913 ParkAveFlasher
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You know what they need more of?  Natural gas.

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 11:08 | 2764449 Tinky
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"Non monsieur, that green that you see on the brie is not mold."

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 11:36 | 2764581 i-dog
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That Green you see on the brie is a yuppie. Shoot the Greens ... er, green shoots!

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 11:47 | 2764626 Ahmeexnal
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The only "green emissions"  coming out of the Choomwagon were of the giggly type.

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 11:07 | 2764452 catacl1sm
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Wait... is ZH suggesting that the 2 events are related?

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 11:08 | 2764454 Meesohaawnee
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Wed, 09/05/2012 - 11:08 | 2764455 TheGreenManalishi
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They'll do anything to shut Jim Willie up

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 11:08 | 2764456 GolfHatesMe
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I just heard a "Whoops!" from HAARP

That was supposed to be a thunderstorm in Charlotte, my bad.

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 11:28 | 2764540 whoopsing
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Hey !

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 11:08 | 2764461 Xibalba
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Stock up on that wine while you can...

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 11:25 | 2764535 Cognitive Dissonance
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I'll drink no wine before its time glowing.

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 17:06 | 2765815 Not Too Important
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Only wine and aged cheeses pre-3/11/11.

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 11:09 | 2764464 kaa1016
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Wow Gazprom, that was quick...

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 11:13 | 2764465 SheepDog-One
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Plot from Dirty Harry movie The Enforcer. Bobby Maxwell's gang 'Peoples Revolutionary Strike Force' planted a bomb in Fessenheim plant.

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 11:23 | 2764529 HelluvaEngineer
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So you're saying Clint Eastwood had prior knowledge of this event? Interesting indeed.

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 14:47 | 2765378 Forbes
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I was looking for the Dirty Harry/The Enforcer reference--otherwise I was to make it in a comment. The name: Fessenheim, in Alsace, reflects the sort-lived German presence 1871-1919 (Franco-Prussian War to WW I). The French are funny--funny/strange--with their language and culture obsession, yet use a German name on their first nuke plant. What's "go figure" in French?

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 11:10 | 2764466 valkir
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Eartquake in Costarica?Maybe this was the reason for whales suisides on florida beaches last days.

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 11:13 | 2764485 GeezerGeek
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Nah, the whales were driven to suicide by network coverage of the Republican Convention in Tampa.

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 11:10 | 2764470 Henry Chinaski
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Could be sabotage by Syrian terrorists. Or Iranian.   God still gets credit, mostly, for earthquakes. 

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 11:47 | 2764628 White.Star.Line
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Maybe God is undeservedly getting the credit.

The deep sea drilling research vessels Chikyu Hakken and Joides Resolution couldn't possibly be implicated in these God-created disasters.

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 11:11 | 2764479 johnQpublic
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Wed, 09/05/2012 - 11:11 | 2764483 MachuPicchu
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HAARP colegues...

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 11:11 | 2764484 Cthonic
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Chemical burns don't imply a fire.  Don't see any other mention of a fire...

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 11:18 | 2764505 GeezerGeek
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So what made hydrogen peroxide hot enough to be vaporized? Or was Corzine in the neighborhood?

Speaking of fire, did you read the headline? The one starting with 'Fire breaks out...'?

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 11:13 | 2764486 Ancona
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Peroxides are incredibly nasty substances. We work around nitrogen tetroxide and hydrazine, each of which will kill you with a whiff. Peroxide burns are horrific enough, but inhalation is unthinkable, as the vapors will consume the lungs themselves.

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