Publico.es has revealed details of the Marcoule nuclear complex explosion in France. The deceased worker was significantly irradiated. His family was not allowed near the body, an autopsy was not done an the body delivered for the funeral in a radiation shielded sealed coffin. The workers body remained in the building for 48 hours and had radioactive shrapnel. The government Nuclear-Radiological-Chemical-Bacteriological (NRBC) team was called in to remove the body and later filed a request to skip the autopsy.
Firefighters were able to rescue one worker who was hit by 1300 degree shrapnel and remains in a military hospital with burns over 85% of his body. The transfer of the worker from a civilian hospital to a military hospital raised concerns about the motives for the move.
EDF and the French government insist no radiation was released in the accident, CRIIRAD backed up that assuption. The government has refused to release what customer the incineration work was being done for. They are also refusing to release data from filters and sensors that would also lend clues about the nature of the work being done at the time of the explosion. There are also questions about previous incidents at this incineration facility, worker safety concerns and remarks that a larger facility is needed to keep up with the decommissioning work being done.
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