France has delayed a decision on promised nuclear reactor decommissioning, effectively putting on hold a process that could ultimately be overturned with a change of government next year. A government investment roadmap published on Friday stopped short of identifying reactors for closure under 2015 legislation that commits France to reducing atomic energy to 50 percent of its electrical power mix, from more than 75 percent currently. Instead, the Energy Ministry plans leaves it to state utility EDF to issue a strategic review of plants and energy requirements around April of next year. However, the final decision on whether the reactors are scrapped is a political one. France goes to the polls in the first round of presidential voting in April, followed by legislative elections in June – meaning the issue looks unlikely to be resolved before a new president and assembly has been elected. Former Prime Minister Alain Juppe, the conservative candidate currently leading the race, has called Socialist President Francois Hollande’s 50 percent target absurd and vowed to scrap it, in common with several other right-wing candidates. Lawmaker Herve Mariton, a Juppe ally and prominent energy specialist among the conservative Les Republicains, has also rejected Hollande’s plan to close EDF’s ageing Fessenheim plant after a new reactor opens at Flamanville in 2018.
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[Machine Translation] Scandal hidden anomalies: ASN arrested five additional reactors. The output of the nuclear emergency is the only solution. While the Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) requested the shutdown of five new reactors following the scandal Creusot which brings up the falsification of documents and defects in the steel core parts for safety, a nuclear exit must be initiated urgently. On October 18, the ASN asked EDF to shut down within three months of five nuclear reactors (Civaux 1 1 Fessenheim, Gravelines 4, Tricastin 2 and 4) equipped with steam generators suspects, including the steel has a carbon content too high. This anomaly is a permanent risk of sudden failure would lead to a loss of reactor coolant then to a serious accident. This problem is even more serious than the breaking of these parts is normally supposed to be excluded. This decision comes as 21 reactors have already been arrested, many of which in the context of checks in connection with parts potentially presenting defects. Among other things, the central Fessenheim will gather in the full stop.
Sortir du Nucleaire 19th Oct 2016 read more »