IAEA team in France for safety inspection of nuclear power plant
A team of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has arrived in France for an inspection on the safety of the country's oldest nuclear power plant, local media reported on Tuesday.
The 12 IAEA experts will stay in the power plant until April 8 to examine the operations of the Fessenheim (Haut-Rhin) power plant in northeastern France and offer advice on maintenance, radiation protection and crisis management, according to Gabor Vamos, head of the team, Xinhua reported.
This is the IAEA's second inspection of the power plant, the oldest in the country, which went into operation in 1977. A team of the UN nuclear watchdog last visited the power plant in 1992.
In 2008, a series of radioactive leaks in France triggered public concerns about nuclear safety. Last December, anti-nuclear activists from some European countries petitioned the local court to order the shutdown of the plant.