Friday, June 20, 2014

(OT) Albanian Family of Four Wanted to Steal a Passage to UK, Ended Up in La Hague Nuclear Fuel Recycling Plant in France


Parents and their two young children hid in a truck that ended up at AREVA's fuel reprocessing plant, 100-200 meters from the nuclear zone. The plant security is being questioned.

From Le Monde (6/13/2014):

Des clandestins découverts sur le site radioactif de la Hague

La famille albanaise espérait rejoindre l'Angleterre à bord d'un ferry. Elle s'est finalement retrouvée à son insu sur le site le plus radioactif d'Europe. Vendredi 13 juin au matin, quatre clandestins ont été découverts cachés dans la remorque d'un camion lors de son déchargement à l'usine Areva de Beaumont-Hague (Manche).

Le couple et ses deux enfants de moins de 10 ans, découverts dans une « zone non nucléaire », « se trouvai(en)t à 100 à 200 mètres de la clôture de la zone nucléaire », a indiqué la directrice de la communication du site, Catherine Argant, dans un communiqué. Le camion, qui venait du port d'Ouistreham (Calvados), livrait du matériel non nucléaire.

Selon une source judiciaire, la famille s'est vu délivrer par l'Etat une obligation de quitter le territoire d'ici un à deux mois.

SÉCURITÉ EN QUESTION

Selon Yannick Rousselet, chargé des questions nucléaires à Greenpeace France, cette intrusion est « une première » sur le site. « C'est catastrophique. Le magasin est situé à l'autre bout de la porte principale, sur une zone classée “installation nucléaire de base”, à une centaine de mètres environ du bâtiment BST1 où est stocké une partie du plutonium de La Hague », a déclaré à l'AFP le militant antinucléaire. Selon Greenpeace, l'intrusion d'une famille de clandestins sur un site nucléaire s'est déjà produit à une ou deux reprises dans des centrales françaises.

Philippe Launay, syndicaliste FO du site, a lui aussi fait part de sa surprise. « C'est incroyable. Là, c'est une famille d'Albanais avec deux enfants. Manifestement, c'est une situation [qui n'est] pas dangereuse. Mais il y a quand même eu quatre personnes qui ont pu entrer sur le site », a-t-il dit.

L'union départementale de FO a réagi dans un communiqué « soulagée que ces intrus ne soient qu'une paisible famille étrangère cherchant refuge. Car cela aurait pu être quelque bande d'énergumènes antinucléaires en mal de sensationnel. Ou pire : des individus décidés à commettre un acte malveillant ».

L'usine Areva de Beaumont-Hague est une usine de retraitement de combustibles nucléaires irradiés pour la plupart dans les centrales nucléaires françaises. C'est le site qui concentre le plus de matière radioactive en Europe.

11 comments:

Hélios said...

Thank you for an article in french ;-) Don't need to translate...

I wonder if it's not made on purpose. Some others nuclear plants had already been entered by people of Greenpeace without problems.

PS : I leave not very far from La Hague.

Darth3.11 said...

Great for you, Helios, but what about us non-French speakers? Would you mind translating a gloss of this for us, please?

Anonymous said...

Bon courage Hélios,
forte en thème aussi j'espère.
Les petits Albanais dans le camion d'Areva, j'adore...
Friday the 13 th, with a black moon, what a good timing for a tremendous trip !
Phiphi

Hélios said...

Hé bien, Phiphi, tu sembles aussi pouvoir faire un résumé pour nos amis anglophones, non ? Je préfère la version au thème.

There is a translator from french to english. Sorry.

Darth3.11 said...

So, OK, I ran it through Google Translator, where I suppose the results are better than the usual garble translating Jpns-->Engrish. Still, this is a basically English site, so instead of making all the English readers go through the G.T., it would be a kindness to have the original poster do the grunt work. Anyway, back to the story...and merci beaucoup, mes amis.

arevamirpal::laprimavera said...

Sorry Darth, my French is not good enough for translation work...

Anonymous said...

Will human DNA be found in untraceable processed food in the next few days,with Ebola perhaps?

Anonymous said...

Here's my translation for you. :)

Clandestine Travellers found on the Radioactive "The Hague" Site.

The Albanian Family hoped to get to England on biard a Ferry. They found themselves, unknowingly, on the most radioactive site in Europe. On the morning of Friday the 13th of June, four clandestine travellers were found hidden in the trailer of a lorry when it was unloading at the Areva plant in Beaumont-Hague (Manche Department).

The couple and their two children, under the age of 10, were found in a non-nuclear zone, and were "100 to 200 metres from the radioactive zone fence" indicated the director of communications for the site, Catherine Argant, in a communique. The lorry was coming from the port of Ouistreham (Calvados Department), to deliver non-nuclear equiptment.

A judicial source has indicated that the family was given an order to leave french territory within the next two months.

Security in Question

Yannick Rousselet, in charge of Nuclear Questions at Greenpeace France, suggests that this intrusion os "A first" for this site. "Its a catastrophe. The magazine (storage) is at the opposite end of the site with respect to the main door, on a site classed "Basic Nuclear Installation"", 100m or so from the BST1 building where part of the Plutoniul of the site is stored" he declared to AFP journalists. Greenpecae sugests that clandestine families have entered French nuclear sites once or twice before.

Philippe Launay, Member of the FO Syndicate for the site, also expressed surprise. "Its incredible. Here, we have a family of Albanians with two children. Obviously, its not a dangerous situation. But fourn people did manage to get entry to the site.", he said.

The departmental union of FO Syndicate reacted in a comminuqe " Relieved that these intruders were only a a peaceful foreign family seeking shelter. It could have been a rag-tag band of anti-nuclear nitwits looking for a rush. Or worse : People intent on doing nefarious (destructive) acts".

The Areva plant at Beaumont-Hague is a nuclear combustible retreatment plant, for the most part from Franch Nuclear reactors. Its the site with the most amount of radioactive material on site, in Europe.

Anonymous said...

Also, a German light plane flew over the Penly nuclear plant in France, near Dieppe, this week, and was forced to land by military jets. The plane has been siezed, searched, and placed under seal for further investigations.
The Pilot and two occupants are still being questioned I think.
It happened on Friday 20th of June.

http://www.76actu.fr/survol-dune-centrale-nucleaire-pres-de-dieppe-un-avion-de-chasse-mobilise_82769/

http://www.ouest-france.fr/glisy-lavion-survole-la-centrale-nucleaire-larmee-le-prend-en-chasse-2636881

Anonymous said...

Merci pour la traduction, je voulais prendre mon dimanche.
I will add that La Hague is at the very end of the Cotentin peninsula in the Channel. A duct takes contaminated water right into international waters, and the trick is done : nobody may forbid it.
Phiphi the miscreant.

Darth3.11 said...

That's OK, arev-san, Google Translator seems to have done a pretty competent job of it...

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