After a 7 year battle by the regulator for proper testing to be conducted, it was announced in 2015 that new reactor vessels (including that destined for Hinkley) had the potential to fracture and cause meltdown.
Is the French industry now taking safety seriously? This year (2016) French Nuclear Safety Regulator announcements include:
- falsification of safety data;
- EDF shut down of an unsafe operational reactor - but only after the Regulator mandated it was tested for similar defects discovered elsewhere.
- unsatisfactory testing of the reactor installation at Flamanville (the French Hinkley) and a lack of training for testers.