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Italy says vulnerable to neighbours' nuclear mishaps
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Rome (AFP) Sept 12, 2011

Italy said Monday the blast that killed one person and injured four at a nuclear site in France highlighted its own vulnerability to such atomic incidents on the territory of its neighbours.

"Unfortunately, as we have always said, the (nuclear) stations near our borders, 19 of them beyond the Alps, will not spare us in case of dysfunction," said Secretary of State for Economic Development Stefano Saglia.

Environment Minister Stefania Prestigiacomo also said the French accident site has been placed under "constant surveillance" by Rome.

The explosion highlighted, the minister added, "the necessity for Italy to have an nuclear safety agency that is operational and a recognised authority."

The region of Liguria on the French border was maintaining a state of alert for radioactive emissions as a precaution, Rome said.

Democratic party opposition leader Raffaella Mariani urged the government to "come to parliament and state clearly whether there are risks for Italian citizens".

And Antonio Di Pietro of the Italy of Values party said: "Today, we can find energy sources that are cleaner and less dangerous."

A referendum in June yielded a resounding 'no' from Italians to nuclear power.

The country abandoned atomic energy in a 1987 referendum after the Chernobyl disaster.

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Leak risk after France nuclear site blast
Nimes, France (AFP) Sept 12, 2011 - There is a risk of a radioactive leak after an explosion in an oven Monday at the Marcoule nuclear site near the city of Nimes in the south of France, emergency services said.

The blast hit the Centraco nuclear waste treatment centre belonging to the Socodei subsidiary of national electricity provider EDF, said a spokesman for the Atomic Energy Commissariat (CEA).

"For the time being nothing has made it outside," the spokesman said, asking not to be named.

A security perimeter has been set up around the installation, firefighters said, without being able to provide further details.

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One dead, four injured in French nuclear plant blast
Codolet, France (AFP) Sept 12, 2011
One person was killed and four injured in a blast at a nuclear site in the south of France on Monday as the government sought to play down fears of a radioactive leak. There was "no cause for concern", Environment Minister Nathalie Kosciuscko-Morizet said at the scene of the explosion at Codolet in the Rhone Valley, near the southern city of Nimes. "None of the detectors on site, both i ... read more

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