Following the false reports and video recordings (hoaxes), that are spread across the Internet in connection with the recent incident at the French nuclear power plant Flamanville, we would like to bring to your attention the information that the incident in question did not constitute any radiation concern or safety risk.
On 09/02/2017 the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) with its seat in Vienna received official information from the French regulator (ASN - Autorite de Surete Nucleaire) about the incident at the French power plant Flamanville. The French regulator informed the IAEA about this incident through the USIE information system (Unified System for Information Exchange). The short report says that on 9 February 2017, around 10:15h in the morning an explosion was recorded followed by fire, which originated in the machinery room of the nuclear power plant Flamanville, i.e. the secondary circuit. The fire was extinguished on 11:00h, and 5 employees were treated by the health care professionals called to the site. None of the workers were seriously injured.
The Nuclear Regulatory Authority of SR has, like other Member States, access to the above mentioned USIE information system. This means that if the system received any information, the designated staff of the Nuclear Regulatory Authority of SR, Emergency Planning and IT department, is informed about this fact immediately by notification E-mail.
The Authority also communicates on a regular basis with communication departments of foreign regulators for nuclear safety. On 09/02/2017 in the evening hours the Office of the Authority received an information E-mail from the Communications Director of the French Regulator about the said incident. The information was identical to that announced by the French regulator through the USIE information system.
The incident in question did not constitute any safety concern in terms of radiation risk. For this reason, therefore, it was not required to officially notify the neighbouring countries, with which France has Agreements on Early Notification of a Nuclear Accident, nor to the International Atomic Energy Agency.
As general information and to prevent misunderstandings, the French regulator informed about this fact via the above mentioned communication channels (USIE and E-mail).
Based on information from the French regulator we assure the general public that the video recordings that are currently spread across the Internet (or by other channels) have not happened at nuclear power plant Flamanville.
Modified: 8.6.2017 13:10