NPP Fessenheim: From the nuclear power plant to the solar power plant. The now ninth announcement to close the oldest French nuclear power plant on the Upper Rhine now seems to be the definitive. Already in November, France had announced that it would want to shut down the two nuclear reactors near Freiburg in summer 2020 . However, there were some doubts, after all, the decommissioning was again and again announced. But then the nuclear power plant, although clear safety deficiencies persisted, even after interim shutdown again put into operation. This has to do mainly with the power shortage in the country, which is always in the winter before the blackout, as recently again. But now it looks very much like the shutdown actually takes on contours. The press agency dpa reports that Fessenheim is one of the urgent projects under the Aachen Treaty. It had agreed on 15 projects, whose implementation in the context of the Franco-German friendship treaty should be addressed immediately.
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The Ministry of Ecological Transition wants to develop 300 megawatts of solar capacity in the Upper Rhine. A call for tenders validated by Brussels. What to do in Fessenheim after the closure of the plant, expected in the summer of 2020? The Ministry of Ecological Transition and solidarity announced today, the opening of a call for tenders for the development of 300 megawatts (MW) of solar capacity.
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While the national public debate on radioactive materials and waste continues to be postponed, the nuclear industry continues to generate quantities of dangerous products that accumulate. The situation in La Hague, particularly in the very old Orano spent fuel reprocessing plant at the edge of saturation, is very worrying. In the absence of a solution to manage this radioactive waste, it is urgent to close the nuclear tap. In the storage pools of the spent fuel reprocessing plant in Orano (ex-Areva) of La Hague, about 10,000 tons of irradiated fuel are cooling in the expectation of eventually being retired, the equivalent of more than 110 reactor cores! EDF continues to send more used fuel to the Hague than Orano retires : about 1,200 tonnes of spent fuel from nuclear reactors are sent there each year from all over France. Orano undertakes, by contract with EDF, to reprocess only 1,050 tonnes per year and is struggling to achieve this, so that nearly 150 tonnes of irradiated fuel are added each year to the quantities already present in the pools. the Hague.
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