The protesters launched firecrackers near the pool for storage of spent nuclear fuel with the aim to "demonstrate the vulnerability of nuclear facilities".
On the scene promptly arrived the police special forces. Access to the territory and premises of the nuclear power plant was closed even to the staff of the station. Eight protesters were arrested and taken to the station, reports Lenta.ru.
In a statement, EDF (Électricité de France — the largest state-owned power generating company in France and the world's largest operator of nuclear power plants) it is stated that provocation by Greenpeace did not affect the safety of the object. "Activists managed to penetrate only the first perimeter fence. They were neutralised in eight minutes after receiving the alarm," — said in comments.
"For many years, Greenpeace France has highlighted the risks associated with the operation of nuclear power plants. But nothing has changed. Should we wait until the station will be something extraordinary to EDF ceased to deny the obvious? Now EDF will be forced to act and create bins for the storage of spent fuel. It is in the interests of the inhabitants of France and Europe," said Yannick Rousselet, Greenpeace expert on nuclear energy.
Earlier Greenpeace France, introduced the report on nuclear safety, was authored by seven independent experts reports Newsru.com. The document said that the pool for spent fuel is poorly protected from possible external attacks. The accident at such a facility may have more serious consequences than the accident at Fukushima, when the territory was contaminated in a radius of 80 km.
In EDF were quick to refute the conclusions of experts and ensured that a nuclear installation is "safe, properly controlled and well secured" and special service care for the prevention of the possible actions of criminals and terrorists, reminiscent of The Local.
In total, the company serves 58 nuclear reactors and 63 of the pool with the spent fuel. For EDF account for 75% of the French electricity market.