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According to the French Regulator, ASN: “To date, Areva NP has identified 87 irregularities concerning EDF reactors in operation, 20 affecting equipment intended for the Flamanville EPR reactorregardless of their actual safety consequences, these irregularities reveal unacceptable practices; the reviews initiated by Areva NP must therefore be continued and are liable to bring further irregularities to light. ASN is ensuring that the review process is seen through to completion, more specifically by means of inspections at Creusot Forge.” (ASN, 23 Sept 2016)

[ Greenpeace France commissioned a study, in English, by John Large of Large Associates, Consulting Engineers, London, on this topic: “Review Irregularities and Anomalies Relating to the Forged Components of Le Creusot France“Ref No R3233-R1 It was published on the 26 Sept. 2016. 12 page Summary and link to 49 page study is found here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/09/29/overview-of-areva-le-creusot-nuclear-parts-defects-impact-on-flamanville-japan-possibly-implicated/ ]

Was this information held back by the French Regulator ASN and/or Areva-EDF until after the British government approved the EDF Hinkley Point Nuclear Power Station on the 15th? Nonetheless, existence of a defective nuclear reactor pressure vessel at Flamanville and other potential defective parts were already known: https://web.archive.org/web/20160516191612/http://www.french-nuclear-safety.fr/Information/News-releases/Irregularities-concerning-components-manufactured-in-its-Creusot-Forge-plant
[Update – Note that while approval was announced on the 15th, the contract was not actually signed until the 29th: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/09/30/hinkley-pt-nuclear-power-contract-signed-days-after-new-warnings-about-areva-creusot-defects-qt-problems-by-french-regulator-and-large-associates/ ]

But, this would have been a reminder.

How much lead were key British officials exposed to as children that they are so stark raving mad? Lead can impact adults, as well. Have they checked the pipes for lead in the British Parliament? This should have been done subsequent to the British government selling its nuclear power stations to French State owned EDF.

Still no updates re the potentially defective Areva-Le Creusot parts in the USA: https://web.archive.org/web/20160621220544/https://public-blog.nrc-gateway.gov/2016/06/20/quality-assurance-issues-in-france-implications-for-u-s-plants/ Not that anyone should believe them anyway. Not only is the US NRC generally untrustworthy but they overlooked-failed to adequately address problems during a much earlier (2009) inspection at Le Creusot.
NRC Inspection Le Creusot 2009

Since the relatively new French Regulator, ASN, appears comparatively on the up and up, one can suspect that it was Areva or EDF holding back the information, or that the ASN were threatened. Both EDF and Areva are almost totally French State owned and EDF owns Britain’s Nuclear Power Stations!

ASN News Release re Le Creusot Sept. 2016 with text
From the French Regulator, ASN:
Areva Le Creusot Forge 1 ASN Sept 2016
Areva NP’s Creusot Forge Plant: ASN publishes the list of irregularities detected so far 23/09/2016 2:00 pm Note d’information

ASN publishes the list of irregularities of which it has been notified to date, affecting certain items manufactured by Areva NP’s Creusot Forge plant for French civil nuclear activities. These irregularities concern EDF reactor pressure equipment (vessels, steam generators and main primary system piping) and transport packagings for radioactive substances.

Following the detection of an anomaly in the Flamanville EPR reactor vessel at the end of 2014, ASN asked Areva NP to carry out a quality review on the manufacturing work carried out in its Creusot Forge plant. During the course of this review, Areva NP brought to light a number of irregularities (see information notice of 3rd May 2016).

Areva Le Creusot Forge 2 ASN Sept 2016
AREVA Creusot Forge

To date, Areva NP has identified 87 irregularities concerning EDF reactors in operation, 20 affecting equipment intended for the Flamanville EPR reactor, one affecting a steam generator intended for but not yet installed in the reactor 5 of Gravelines NPP and 4 affecting transport packagings for radioactive substances.

EDF informed ASN that it has completed the characterisation of the irregularities affecting its reactors in service. EDF concludes that these irregularities have no consequences for the safety of the reactors concerned.

ASN is conducting its own analysis of each of the irregularities, jointly with IRSN. Its analysis gave priority to the 23 cases which in principle have the most significant safety implications1 :

* for 21 cases, ASN concluded that the deviations identified do not compromise the safety of the equipment concerned;
* ASN is continuing to assess the case of a steam generator for reactor 4 in the Bugey NPP, currently shut down, regarding which ASN will issue an opinion prior to its restart;
* ASN has suspended the test certificate for a steam generator in reactor 2 of the Fessenheim NPP (see information notice of 19thJuly 2016). This suspension requires that the steam generator and therefore the reactor must be kept shut down. EDF and Areva NP have decided to carry out analyses on this steam generator and implement a programme of additional tests, with the aim being to request that the test certificate suspension be lifted.

In any case, regardless of their actual safety consequences, these irregularities reveal unacceptable practices; the reviews initiated by Areva NP must therefore be continued and are liable to bring further irregularities to light. ASN is ensuring that the review process is seen through to completion, more specifically by means of inspections at Creusot Forge.

1. Those in point 2.1 of the list of irregularities.
https://web.archive.org/web/20160929142454/http://www.french-nuclear-safety.fr/content/download/106577/809899/file/Liste_irregularites_creusot_forge_2016-09-22.pdf
Press Release: http://web.archive.org/web/20160925132401/http://www.french-nuclear-safety.fr/Inspections/Supervision-of-the-epr-reactor/Anomaly-affecting-the-Flamanville-EPR-reactor-vessel/Areva-NP-s-Creusot-Forge-Plant-ASN-publishes-the-list-of-irregularities-detected-so-far

Information released in May: https://web.archive.org/web/20160516191612/http://www.french-nuclear-safety.fr/Information/News-releases/Irregularities-concerning-components-manufactured-in-its-Creusot-Forge-plant

Nuclear Power Stations Found in 2.1:
Blayais 1, 3, 4
Bugey 2,3,4
Chinon B1
Civaux 2
Fessenheim 2
(Details in French found here: https://web.archive.org/web/20160929142454/http://www.french-nuclear-safety.fr/content/download/106577/809899/file/Liste_irregularites_creusot_forge_2016-09-22.pdf The author of this blog has no time to translate, and as an English-French bilingual has too much pride to simply dump it into Google Translate.)

In March of this year, the Republic and Canton of Geneva, and City of Geneva announced that they had filed suit against France regarding Bugey, which is 70 km away: http://www.ge.ch/conseil_etat/2013-2018/communiques/20160307.asp

EDF says UK go-ahead to Hinkley Point marks Europe nuclear relaunch
Posted:Thu, 15 Sep 2016 05:04:47 -0400
PARIS, Sept 15 (Reuters) – French utility EDF welcomed the British government’s decision to go ahead with plans to build a $24 billion nuclear plant in southern England, which it said came after the
http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/mergersNews/~3/5R5qzlNLlIU/britain-nuclear-hinkley-edf-idUSP6N13I01H

UPDATE 2-Britain approves nuclear plant, easing Chinese, French ties
Posted:Thu, 15 Sep 2016 04:36:56 -0400
LONDON, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Britain gave the go ahead on Thursday for a $24 billion nuclear power plant, ending weeks of uncertainty that strained ties with China and France and put a question mark…
http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/mergersNews/~3/_9qWHziFIBo/britain-nuclear-hinkley-idUSL8N1BR183