Environmental associations are asking for the repeal of the decree issued by the government to extend the maximum period for bringing the EPR into service located in the English Channel. A new chapter is preparing in the path full of pitfalls of the EPR of Flamanville. Tuesday, May 26, six environmental associations announced that they are asking for the repeal of the decree which postpones the date of commissioning of the third generation reactor. This extraordinary project, started in 2007, was initially scheduled to end in 2012 and cost 3.5 billion euros. Following numerous difficulties, it is now valued at 12 billion euros, and the site should not start before 2023 – not counting possible delays linked to the Covid-19 pandemic. To deal with this delay, the government extended, by a decree published in the Official Journal, on March 27, the maximum period for bringing the Flamanville EPR into service. The original decree, taken in 2007, provided for a maximum duration for starting the first operations – the loading of nuclear fuel – in April 2020. The new wording extends this duration until 2024.
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