[Machine Translation] The nuclear watchdog announced Monday that it has filed an application for interim measures to prohibit the French Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) from validating the EPR reactor vessel under construction in Flamanville. A hearing is scheduled for Tuesday 10 October at the Paris tribunal de grande instance, the anti-nuclear association said in a statement. “This is probably the last chance to avoid an irresponsible commissioning of the EPR with its defective tank and the prospect of a catastrophe affecting the whole of Europe,” according to the Observatory which calls for the appointment of an independent expert. At the end of June, the ASN gave a green light to the commissioning of the EPR tank in Flamanville – before a definitive opinion was expected in October – but warned that the lid of this equipment could not be used at beyond 2024.
L’Usine Nouvelle 25th Sept 2017 read more »
French utility EDF will temporarily shut down all four reactors at its Tricastin nuclear power plant after regulator ASN identified flaws in a canal dike bordering the plant. ASN said in a statement that while the dikes are being strengthened, there was a risk of flooding which could lead to a major accident at the plant, which is located along the Rhone river in the heart of France’s Provence wine and tourism region.
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ASN’s decision to impose the closure of four reactors at the Tricastin (3.7 GW) plant in the Drôme region could lead to early closure of certain reactors for technical rather than political reasons in order to reduce the share of nuclear power in the electric mix, as required by law, according to one expert. “This decision to shut down is surprising,” explains Jacques Percebois, director of the Center for Research in Economics and Energy Law (CREDEN) at the University of Montpellier. This could be either the result of ASN irritation or the opportunity to prepare for the reduction of the share of nuclear power for technical rather than political reasons. ” The Minister of Ecological Transition has warned several times since taking office in May that France would have to close between 17 and 25 nuclear power plants in order to reduce its share in the French electricity mix to 50% by 2025, against 75% currently, as provided for in the Energy Transition Law.
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