A group of activists has filed a legal challenge with the French prime minister’s office against the extension of EDF’s licence for construction of the Flamanville nuclear reactor in northern France. The move by Greenpeace and other anti-nuclear groups is in response to safety concerns over the Flamanville reactor and is a precursor to elevation of their challenge to the State Council, the country’s highest administrative court. The lobby groups said in a statement that the licence, issued in 2007 and renewed this year, should not have been granted because EDF and reactor supplier Areva were aware of technical shortcomings at Areva’s Creusot Forge nuclear foundry since 2005. In 2014 Areva discovered that the lid of the Flamanville reactor vessel manufactured by Creusot Forge showed abnormally high carbon concentrations, which weaken its steel.
Reuters 19th April 2017 read more »
[Machine Translation] There is an odor of scandal on the shores of the Cotentin. A succession of anomalies and hard blows, explosion of costs, postponement of the opening of at least six years on the initial date … What was to be the showcase of the French nuclear became the nightmare. The EPR project, which Greenpeace and several other environmental organizations are calling for to stop, is now a succession of failures and errors. One member of the group, l’Observatoire du Nucléaire, said in a separate statement that the ASN had committed a major error in December 2013 by allowing EDF to install the reactor containment vessel in the reactor building despite being aware of the problems. It said that today the vessel could only be extracted by destroying part of the reactor.
Le Parisien 19th April 2017 read more »