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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 | Link to Comment hedgeless_horseman
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It is out.  Back to your coffee ole and croissandwiches.

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 11:13 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment idea_hamster
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Wed, 09/05/2012 - 11:45 | Link to Comment Ahmeexnal
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Wed, 09/05/2012 - 11:49 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment White.Star.Line
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You forgot the Bitchez!

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

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

- a line from a Dirty Harry film.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 12:01 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment autonomos
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Fukushineheim bitchez

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 11:03 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment Chippewa Partners
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My wife will "glow" after the first sip!!!


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

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

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

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 11:36 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment catacl1sm
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Wait... is ZH suggesting that the 2 events are related?

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

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 11:08 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment whoopsing
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Hey !

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

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

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

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

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 11:13 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment johnQpublic
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Wed, 09/05/2012 - 11:11 | Link to Comment MachuPicchu
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HAARP colegues...

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 11:11 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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.

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 11:22 | Link to Comment DCFusor
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I've worked with high grade peroxide myself.  +1 ancona, they have no idea.

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 11:45 | Link to Comment Sofa King Confused
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In the past, I have done a great deal of research and testing with benzoylmethylecgonine and it was inhaled often.

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 12:08 | Link to Comment spentCartridge
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Yep, so have I.


Rocket fuel.


Real nasty shit.

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 11:28 | Link to Comment LeisureSmith
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Mix Corexit and Hydrazine and what you got is a substance that can vaporize segregated accounts. Nasty stuff.

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 11:32 | Link to Comment HelluvaEngineer
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I see what you did there.

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 11:13 | Link to Comment A Man without Q...
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the bad news is, your face has burned off.   the good news is you're now blond....

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 11:17 | Link to Comment tmosley
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Shoulda switched to LFTRs, bitchez.

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 11:35 | Link to Comment francis_sawyer
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I radiate nuclear waste in your general direction...

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 11:42 | Link to Comment THE DORK OF CORK
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If France goes off Nukes it will kill far far more people via energy starvation - the price of NG will enter orbit killing millions of people in Spain ,Italy ,Ireland will create a energy black death in Europe.

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 12:01 | Link to Comment Renewable Life
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Let them burn wood, or here's a fucking idea that might blow your mind, tell the french people it's up to you to generate your own fucking power if you want it, ala the "micro grid"!!!!

Ya ya I know, it wouldnt work in today's world, because we are all so fucking spoiled and entitled, that we are to busy screaming how everyone else is too entitled and spoiled, to do a fucking thing for ourselves!!!!

It's the governments job to supply us all with cheap energy without end!! It's the corporations job!! It's everyone job, but my own, don't bother me, I'm too busy watching Premeir League (nfl) to give a fuck!

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 12:16 | Link to Comment jomama
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the human population on this planet is far, far above what is sustainable.

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 13:04 | Link to Comment Mesquite
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Soon to be fixed....

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 17:09 | Link to Comment Not Too Important
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Very soon. Within a few generations.

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 12:32 | Link to Comment BlackholeDivestment
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7.9 and Tsunami

Well it will suck if the Panama Canal has any issues.  

It's quite inetersing to note that the there is a February September 3 year Massive Earthquake Pulse and tsunami pattern.  

2004  9.1 Feb

2007 8.5 Sept

2010 8.5 Feb

2012 7.9 Sept far 

2012- 2013 ? 

I just researched this within the last 24hrs, based on being inspired by, of all things, POTUS's 2011 White House debt ceiling speech and his coming 2012 September 14th debt ceiling to earthquake Washington Monument earthquake caused shut down. Ironic?  

...and now for a wild twist If I recall this relates to the Sumarian Nibiru

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 11:50 | Link to Comment mendolover
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I see a future at Fox News for her.  ( :

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 12:51 | Link to Comment V in PA
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Ahhh... Memories of the future. And don't forget "We're gonna have to change our history".

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 12:11 | Link to Comment tarpuranus
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Must be a slow news day.

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 12:12 | Link to Comment Joebloinvestor
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Amazing France is admitting a problem.

Reactor must be near a news outlet.

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 12:15 | Link to Comment jomama
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i hope that fucker melts down and poisons millions of people, and deforms all their children so people can finally wake the fuck up to the fact that nuclear energy is AT BEST net energy neutral given the costs of construction, maintenance, and disposal of spent fuel.  at worst, multiple meltdowns across the globe (say, 10 or 20 simultaneously) would mean an extinction level event for all sentient beings on this planet.

every single one of these plants are ticking time bombs, and all need to be decommissioned immediately.  it's probably too late anyway.

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 17:11 | Link to Comment Not Too Important
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The disaster at Fukushima is an ELE. Our planet is swimming in trillions of lethal nanoradionuclide particles. If you've been breathing, eating or drinking since 3/11/11, welcome to the club.

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 12:24 | Link to Comment q99x2
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No country needs nuclear weapons to defend against those that do have them because all the countries that have nukes are blowing themselves up. And if Iran needed to get rid of the US they would take a bazooka to Fukushima #4 fuel pool or any other. So in the US there better be a full arsenel of DHS and TSA around each Reactor danger area along with 24 hour satellite surveilance. The TSA should not be wasting money testing Starbucks Coffee. The way Eric Holder is providing Hand grenades and rocket launchers to the Mexican cartels and Obama opening the boarder to Mexico we don't stand a chance of getting through this for long.

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 12:42 | Link to Comment Motorhead
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Now if der Elsaß (Alsace) had only remained German....

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 12:55 | Link to Comment aleph0
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I've been tracking EQs for years.
The Sun is playing up, and the 14 day average # of EQs has risen to the highest I've ever seen today :

5.09-2012 : 3866 (today)
2.09-2012 : 3776
1.09-2012 : 3760
31.8-2012 : 3600
Mid August : ca. 3000

Data Source : ANSS / NEIC Last 14 days

Earthquake3D :

( Great 3D program - shareware )

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 13:19 | Link to Comment rodocostarica
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Big one for sure. 80 miles away and was scared shitless. And I have been through about 10 of em.

Anyway I´m sure glad I was not out boating when it happened. Could have lost it all.

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 13:39 | Link to Comment Camtender
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Potassium Iodide Bitchezzzzzzzzz

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 17:31 | Link to Comment are we there yet
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The restriction of information is more informative than the h2o2 information provided.

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 17:35 | Link to Comment americanspirit
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The French are responsible for providing the engineering and technology for the bulk of Syrian/Middle Eastern CBW capability - far more than the Russians - so I will not shed a tear if the whole country gets nuked, or plagued, or gassed. Chickens coming home to roost IMO. The French government and military/industrial establishment are pigs.

Thu, 09/06/2012 - 01:35 | Link to Comment agagshoes
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