Fire At French Nuclear Reactor

The Penly nuclear reactor in northwestern France caught fire earlier today. The fire began due to an oil leak in one of the main cooling pumps. The fire caused the reactor to SCRAM. A secondary cooling system is available to continue to cool the reactor. The fire was blamed on lack of proper or timely maintenance that allowed lubricating oil for the pump to leak.

About six months previous to this incident there was an explosion at the Marcoule nuclear facility in France.

UPDATE: there was also a radioactive water leak at the plant as part of the damage from the fire.

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