2-5-18 10:21 AM EST | Email Article
   By Euan Conley 

Electricite de France SA (EDF.FR) said on Monday that it fully complies with all regulations set out by the French Nuclear Safety Authority, or ASN, following allegations of defects in some of its nuclear reactor vessels.

Responding to an article published in le Journal du Dimanche which included excerpts from a forthcoming book, the French state-controlled utility company said that most of the elements mentioned were known already and had been flagged to the ASN.

EDF said that facts presented as new in the article were false, including allegations of cracks at the bottom of vessels, as well as a list of six reactors affected by a manufacturing defect due to the presence of hydrogen bubbles in the tanks.

"No defect due to hydrogen has been found in our tanks," said Dominique Miniere, who heads up the company's nuclear and thermal power division, in a conference call.

In a statement, the company added that nuclear safety is its "top priority" and that the French nuclear industry is the most controlled in the world.


Francois Schott contributed to this article.


Write to Euan Conley at euan.conley@dowjones.com


(END) Dow Jones Newswires

February 05, 2018 10:21 ET (15:21 GMT)

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