Early Monday morning, a group of nine Greenpeace members broke into a nuclear power station at Nogent-sur-Seine, 60 miles from Paris. Electricite de France (EDF), the utility that owns a large portion of France's nuclear plants, detected them immediately and they were arrested, but not before they climbed atop one of the reactor domes and unfurled a banner reading "Safe Nuclear Power Doesn't Exist."
In a simultaneous action, two protesters infiltrated another plant at Cruas, in the southeast. They were detected only after 14 hours- much of which they spent hiding under sacks of rubble.
EDF has made public assurances that the safety of the plants was never in jeopardy, and that, at least at Nogent-sur-Seine, they knew what was going on the whole time. But, Greenpeace says, that's beside the point:
EDF, the operator of these plants, happily announced that Greenpeace’s visit to Nogent-sur-Seine “had no impact on the safety of the plant, or the safety of employees at the site.” Of course not: Greenpeace aren’t terrorists. Would EDF be so positive if terrorists had come calling today? With the nuclear industry able to see the good in everything, we can say: yes, probably. Everything’s going to be just fine, folks.
Recently, the debate of nuclear power in France has heated up. 75% of the country's power comes from its 58 nuclear power plants, and President Sarkozy says he has no intention of following Germany's example of giving it up.
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