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False alarm at Cattenom
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False alarm at Cattenom

14.03.2012 From our online archive
Staff at Cattenom's nuclear power station were on tenterhooks on Wednesday night when two suspicious bags were found in a stairwell.

(JB) Staff at Cattenom's nuclear power station were on tenterhooks on Wednesday night when two suspicious bags were found in a stairwell.

An employee found a backpack and briefcase at production unit 3, outside of the nuclear zone late on Wednesday night.

Fearing that the luggage could contain explosive devices, police officers and firefighters were called in to investigate.

They quickly concluded that the bags were harmless and had been left by service workers. One bag contained harnesses. The area was eventually deemed safe at around 2am.

The false alarm comes after environmentalists and Luxembourg politicians raised concerns about the security of the nuclear power plant, which is located within a few kilometres of the Luxembourgish border.

Greenpeace, in particular, criticised the fact that the effect of a potential earthquake had not be considered in recent risk tests at the site.

A petition against nuclear energy in Luxembourg has already garnered 20,000 signatures. It is to be presented to the minister of finances on Friday morning.