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European Pressurized Reactor (EPR)

The Areva reactor, known in the U.S. as the European Pressurized Reactor (EPR) - but curiously renamed the Evolutionary Power Reactor for the U.S. version - is tentatively slated for at least six sites in the U.S. Communities around these proposed sites have joined together to form the Stop EPR USA coalition (much like the national French Stop-EPR coalition.)

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Monday
Jul132009

Trouble at' mill

Areva and Electricte de France (EDF), responsible for the Finnish and French Areva EPR reactor construction sites respectively, have both run into further problems causing additional delays. Furthermore, their rivalry threatens to impede safety as the EDF-managed construction team in France races to complete the reactor there by 2012, the same deadline newly set by the Finnish construction project that is already three years behind schedule.

In France, EDF has encountered problems with the concrete foundation, casting of the steel liner, poor on-site quality control and manufacturing of forged components by its subcontractors. In Finland, Areva has encountered similar problems with the concrete, faults in the steel welding, nonconformity of essential parts and a fire at the site in late July. The French anti-nuclear network, Sortir du Nucleaire, has called for an end to these fiascos, demanding a permanent halt to both projects.

Monday
Jul132009

Join the U.S. Stop EPR campaign

Please join the U.S. Stop-EPR campaign today. Send us an email to sign up. And read our STOP EPR booklet for more information. For details on the French campaign, of which Beyond Nuclear is a member, go to the Stop-EPR campaign Web site. And read the Greenpeace International EPR Fact Sheet.

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