France will save 39 billion euros ($44.5 billion) if it refrains from building 15 new nuclear plants by 2060, and bets instead on renewable energy sources to replace its all its aging atomic facilities, a government agency said. France should spend 1.28 trillion euros over the next four decades, mostly on clean power production and storage capacities, networks, and imports, according to a report from the country’s environment ministry. If it does this, France would progressively shut down its 58 atomic plants and renewable energy would comprise 95 percent of its electricity output by 2060, up from 17 percent last year.
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How France multiplies hazardous nuclear waste. Claiming to ” recycle ” used nuclear fuel, the reprocessing industry complicates the management of waste by increasing the amount of plutonium and hazardous materials. Most countries engaged in this dead-end way come out … but not France. According to the official communication, the reprocessing does not generate contamination, only ” authorized discharges ” . They are spit by the chimneys, dumped at the end of a pipe buried in the Channel. In reality, according to the independent expert Mycle Schneider, ” the plant is authorized to reject 20,000 times more radioactive rare gases and more than 500 times the amount of liquid tritium that only one of the Flamanville reactors located 15 km away. ” . It contributes ” almost half to the radiological impact of all civilian nuclear installations in Europe ” .
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