On Wednesday 11 May 2022, an exercise simulating a technical incident at the Cattenom nuclear power station was organised at the initiative of the French authorities. In this context, the High Commission for National Protection, the Department for Radiation Protection at the Health Directorate, the Grand-Ducal Fire and Rescue Corps and the Crisis Communication Service met at the National Crisis Centre in Senningen to take part in this exercise.
In response to the scenario, consisting of a water leak and a possible risk of the release of radioactivity with a potential impact on parts of Luxembourg’s territory, the Radiological Evaluation Cell (CER) met. On the basis of the radiological assessment, a crisis unit and a communication and information unit were activated. The departments and administrations represented in the crisis unit discussed the protective measures to be implemented at national level, taking into account the scenario and the measures put in place by the French authorities. Ultimately, the situation in the reactor stabilised and no release occurred.
A liaison officer of the High Commission for National Protection was present at the Moselle prefecture in Metz to monitor the exercise on the spot.
Press Release of the High Commission for National Protection, the Department for Radiation Protection at the Health Directorate and the Crisis Communication Service