Fire at Belgian Nuclear Reactor; Cracks in Pressure Vessels & Oil Leak

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Tihange Nuclear Power Station Belgium
Streetview near Tihange Nuclear Power Station, Belgium

There was a fire at the French owned Belgian Tihange 3 nuclear reactor. The real news, however, is that three others are offline – two due to serious safety concerns.

On Sunday morning, a fire happened at Electrabel’s high-voltage power station on the site of Tihange 3,” according to a spokesperson for Elia (the energy transmission operator for Belgium), as cited in Reuters:
Fire takes another Belgian nuclear reactor offline, Posted:Sun, 30 Nov 2014 17:50:54 GMT, BRUSSELS, Nov 30 (Reuters) – Electrabel temporarily closed a nuclear reactor on Sunday after an electrical fire, Belgium’s electricity transmission system operator said, leaving only three of the Belgian firm’s seven nuclear plants in action.
(Inspection teams are currently visiting Belgium nuclear facilities: “From 24 November to 5 December, a team of international experts will conduct a review of the…

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