“You are right to be scared”: investigation of the French nuclear failures. While the government must define the energy policy of France, our reporter Erwan Benezet publishes a book in which he explains how EDF manages to impose its strategy on the public authorities. This Wednesday, January 18, 2017, in Montrouge (Hauts-de-Seine), at the headquarters of the Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN), his boss, Pierre-Franck Chevet, has the mine of bad days. Invited to take stock of the year 2016 in terms of safety in our 19 nuclear power plants managed by EDF, he gives in to a crowd of journalists: “The situation is worrying. ” Never seen ! In the subdued world of nuclear energy, where every word pronounced is carefully chosen, the remarks of Pierre-Franck Chevet are astounded. For our colleague Erwan Benezet, in charge of energy issues in Paris – Today-in-France, this is the starting point of a survey of a year and a half that culminated with the release of his book : “Nuclear: a French catastrophe” *. With one question: should nuclear power still be the energy that gives the French 75% of their electricity consumption? Multiplication of incidents, falsification of documents, financial fragility, opacity, terrorist risk, inability to find a lasting solution for nuclear waste … The problems for the atomic industry , but especially for EDF, are accumulating. And yet, despite repeated scandals, the public company continues to trace the path of nuclear power in France against all odds. Worse, while its reactor of third generation, the EPR, meets the greatest technical and financial difficulties to leave the ground in France, in Flamanville (Manche), but also abroad, EDF discreetly prepares the next generation EPR … low cost.

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Chernobyl, Harrisburg, Fukushima … But before that, Chalk River in Canada in 1952, Windscale in the United Kingdom in 1957 or Kychtym in Russia the same year … So many nuclear disasters that shook the planet. Oh, but all this has happened so far from home! “Is indignant the hexagonal nuclocracy. eally ? It is to forget a little fast the two accidents of Saint-Laurent-of-Waters, the central one of Loir-et-Cher, in 1969 then in 1980. in both cases, highly radioactive uranium fuel had melted. It is also slip under the rug that of Civaux (Vienne) in 1998. Or Blayais (Gironde), during the storm of 1999. Not to mention Fessenheim (Alsace), the oldest power plant in France, stopped in emergency during the heat wave of 2003, because of overheating … Many countries today question the supremacy of the atom. Some go so far as to permanently shut down their plants. Not at home, out of the question! Nuclear power is a jewel! Left to put his industry in danger, by letting the train of the renewable? Or, more seriously, to put the people at risk? Underinvestment, scandals of all kinds, denial of terrorist threats, waste disposal problems, whose dangerousness threatens our children and grandchildren … France plays with nuclear fire. To us, citizens, to extinguish it. And take back the energy policy of our country.

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“Prepare the future! With these words, almost a slogan, EDF justifies its recent land acquisition campaign near some of its 19 plants. “We bought land around our Paluel sites in Seine-Maritime, or Cattenom in Moselle, admits the management of EDF. And other acquisition projects are actually underway, especially in the Center-Val de Loire region. ” 140 hectares have been acquired around the Belleville plant (Cher). 116 hectares are in the process of being acquired near Saint-Laurent-des-Eaux (Loir-et-Cher), as well as another 120 hectares near the Chinon power plant (Indre-et-Loire). “In the Center region, the surface of feasibility study concerns about fifty to a hundred hectares around the sites of Saint-Laurent of the waters, Belleville, Chinon and Dampierre”, details the group.

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Published: 8 November 2018