Fire Breaks Out At Fessenheim Nuclear Power Plant, Injuries Reported

Tyler Durden's picture

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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hedgeless_horseman's picture



It is out.  Back to your coffee ole and croissandwiches.

SWRichmond's picture

H2O2 injection probably being done for primary plant chemistry control (pre-shutdown to reduce H2?).  This is a chemical fire.

BandGap's picture

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?

idea_hamster's picture


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.

GOSPLAN HERO's picture

"Remember Fessenheim!"

- a line from a Dirty Harry film.

Gene Parmesan's picture

I'm concerned about the 6 inconvenienced workers. Remember the inconvenienced!

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Translation issue. They meant in "Oh Shit".

A Nanny Moose's picture

Let them eat irradiated cake.

Azannoth's picture

That's serious business in France inconveniencing workers is a felony offence, nvm the radiation just watch this develop into the real story

ihedgemyhedges's picture

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?"

autonomos's picture

Fukushineheim bitchez

Sudden Debt's picture

This shit is just to funny... and of course all will be well untill we all start to glow in the dark...


GeezerGeek's picture

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"?

A Nanny Moose's picture

Who's to say it isn't the next phase of human evolution.

Not Too Important's picture

There isn't going to be any more 'evolution'. Now it's only 'lethal mutation', for all lifeforms on this planet:

Chippewa Partners's picture

My wife will "glow" after the first sip!!!


machineh's picture

So France will go off nukes along with Germany?

ParkAveFlasher's picture

You know what they need more of?  Natural gas.

Tinky's picture

"Non monsieur, that green that you see on the brie is not mold."

i-dog's picture

That Green you see on the brie is a yuppie. Shoot the Greens ... er, green shoots!

Ahmeexnal's picture

The only "green emissions"  coming out of the Choomwagon were of the giggly type.

catacl1sm's picture

Wait... is ZH suggesting that the 2 events are related?

TheGreenManalishi's picture

They'll do anything to shut Jim Willie up

GolfHatesMe's picture

I just heard a "Whoops!" from HAARP

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

Xibalba's picture

Stock up on that wine while you can...

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

I'll drink no wine before its time glowing.

Not Too Important's picture

Only wine and aged cheeses pre-3/11/11.

kaa1016's picture

Wow Gazprom, that was quick...

SheepDog-One's picture

Plot from Dirty Harry movie The Enforcer. Bobby Maxwell's gang 'Peoples Revolutionary Strike Force' planted a bomb in Fessenheim plant.

HelluvaEngineer's picture

So you're saying Clint Eastwood had prior knowledge of this event? Interesting indeed.

Forbes's picture

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?

valkir's picture

Eartquake in Costarica?Maybe this was the reason for whales suisides on florida beaches last days.

GeezerGeek's picture

Nah, the whales were driven to suicide by network coverage of the Republican Convention in Tampa.

Henry Chinaski's picture

Could be sabotage by Syrian terrorists. Or Iranian.   God still gets credit, mostly, for earthquakes. 

White.Star.Line's picture

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.

MachuPicchu's picture

HAARP colegues...

Cthonic's picture

Chemical burns don't imply a fire.  Don't see any other mention of a fire...

GeezerGeek's picture

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...'?

Ancona's picture

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.