[Machine Translation] The French nuclear policeman sounds the alarm. Plant aging, difficulties of EDF and Areva, lack of means, the abnormality of the EPR, the high cost of Cigéo: as many reasons for concern. “The context for safety and radiation protection is particularly worrying. “Pierre-Franck Chevet, the president of the Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN), did not mince his words on the occasion of his vows to the press Wednesday, January 20. He gave an alarmist report on the state of nuclear power in France, in a speech of thirty minutes on three main grounds for concern. The first concerns what he called unprecedented challenges “, including the thorny issue of the extension of operating lives of reactors beyond 40 years. An extension which the gendarme of the French nuclear recalled that it was “not acquired” – “we are far from having decided the conditions” – but whose maturity is approaching, with a first-year inspection set at Tricastin I in 2019. While a review of the ASN on this possible extension is expected for 2018, the first “decision” – sort of prescription document setting out the broad guidelines – is announced for the coming weeks. On this subject, Pierre-Franck Chevet has also expressed a desire to “organize public participation,” “not required by law but necessary given the stakes.”
Reporterre 21st Jan 2016 read more »
The French government will discuss the future of the country’s nuclear industry on Wednesday and might decide on the recapitalisation of reactor builder Areva, newspaper Le Monde reported on Tuesday. It said the boards of utility EDF and Areva, both state-owned at 85 and 87 percent respectively, would meet to discuss the planned takeover of Areva’s reactor arm by EDF. EDF has postponed making a final investment decision on its 18 billion pound project to build two nuclear reactors in Hinkley Point, Britain, it added.
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