Moselle: EDF belatedly detects an anomaly at the Cattenom nuclear power plant.
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The nuclear product burial project at Bure (Meuse) has been under study for twenty years. Highly sensitive, this site is subject to several controversies. The material will remain radioactive for several hundred years. The village of Soudron (Haute-Marne) is placed under close surveillance. The small town of 40 inhabitants has almost as many gendarmes, who came to ensure the safety of the public inquiry commission, which collects the opinion of the inhabitants on the project of burying radioactive waste 500 meters underground. A laboratory was built for the occasion in a layer of clay, at great depth.
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Do France’s plans for small nuclear reactors have hidden agenda? Although France plans to invest in small modular nuclear reactors, experts doubt that this is ecologically and economically sensible. Yet it may be more about geopolitical strategy than energy. Philip Johnstone, a research fellow at the University of Sussex School of Business in southern England, thinks that SMRs turn the logic of economies of scale on its head. “We were told all along that building bigger nuclear plants would help us save money through the scale effect, and now it’s supposed to suddenly work the other way around?” Johnstone told DW. He believes that France has other reasons for continuing to invest in nuclear energy. “Countries that are clinging on to nuclear power are often nuclear weapon states — such as the UK, the US and France,” he explained, and pointed to a speech by Macron in December 2020. “Without civil nuclear power, no military nuclear power; and without military nuclear power, no civil nuclear power,” the president had said, praising a sector that employs 220,000 people in France. “The investment in SMRs seems first and foremost a strategic decision, even though it means wasting a lot of time and money,” Johnstone said.
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