French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday the country will decide around 2022 whether state-owned utility EDF will be allowed to build new nuclear reactors. In November, Macron said France would reduce the share of nuclear in the power mix to 50 percent by 2035, down from 75 percent today, and said that a decision on whether to build new nuclear plants would be taken mid-2021. Because of repeated delays and budget overruns of EDF’s EPR reactor model under construction in Flamanville, northern France, Macron’s government has not yet committed to building new reactors once old reactors close.
Reuters 7th Feb 2019 read more »
Overflowing storage pools, leaks that EDF recognizes only under pressure, plants that should be closed starting with the most recent: the French nuclear fleet is completely contaminated. The Criirad (the Independent Research and Information Commission on Radioactivity) resigned on December 10 from the local information commission (CLI) of the Cruas-Meysse nuclear power plant (Ardèche) to warn about the lack of information concerning the multiple incidents which occur regularly but discreetly within the French nuclear power stations.
Nexus 8th Feb 2019 read more »