This is a crucial question for the future of the nuclear industry. Will the oldest reactors in the French fleet be allowed to continue their activity, forty years after being put into service? In a draft decision published on Thursday, December 3, the Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) opens the way to an extension of the operation of these reactors for ten additional years and launches a consultation of the population on the subject.
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The Nuclear Safety Authority has just put a consultation online to extend a dying industry. 51 reactors out of the 56 officially in operation have exceeded their initially planned life of 30 years. It was President Giscard, who died on December 2, 2020, who was the promoter of “all nuclear”, started in 1975. This choice was imposed on the population without any democratic process. And there is no doubt that the ultra-liberal President Macron during his next visit to the Creusot plant scheduled for December 8 is in the same line.
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This is a subject on which the president rarely speaks, but on which he did not take detours, Friday, December 4, during his interview with Brut. “Nuclear matters to me. Nuclear power is employment and it is energy. I am not anti-nuclear. I have always said it with great force, ” assured Emmanuel Macron. The president denied the existence of any form of pressure from the industry: “We have this chance, don’t sacrifice it, it’s not at all a lobby. ” “We produce electricity that is among the most carbon-free in the world, thanks to what? Thanks to nuclear power, ” recalled the President of the Republic, who emphasizes that French nuclear power plants emit very little CO 2 . “Me, I need nuclear power. If I shut down nuclear tomorrow, what do I do? Nuclear power is non-intermittent carbon-free energy. I cannot replace it overnight with renewable. Those who say that are wrong, ” he said, aiming here at wind turbines and solar panels.
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