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France’s ASN: Fire at uranium site under control, no radiation found

steam rises from the cooling towers of the golfech nuclear plant
Golfech nuclear point, another of France's nuclear power plants

France’s nuclear watchdog ASN on Wednesday said it had found no traces of nuclear radiation after a fire broke out at a plant containing uranium in southeastern France run by EDF unit Framatome.

“No radioactive substance was affected by the fire”, the watchdog said, adding that it de-activated its emergency centre in the evening as the fire had been brought under control.

More extensive checks will be carried out by a special research team on Thursday.

A Framatome spokesman earlier said no staffer was harmed.

Framatome is a unit of French nuclear energy giant EDF EDF.PA. According to the company’s website, the Romans-sur-Isere site where the fire erupted produces fuel for nuclear power reactors based on enriched uranium.

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