France will offer free iodine tablets to around 2.2 million people living close to nuclear plants to help protect them from radiation in case of an accident. Nuclear regulator ASN said on Tuesday people living within 10-20 km of one of utility EDF’s 19 nuclear plants, as well as some 200,000 institutions such as schools, will receive a letter in coming days informing them that they can pick up free iodine tablets from pharmacies. Five years after the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan in 2011, France distributed free iodine to people living within 10 km of a nuclear plant, but is now widening that radius. French daily Les Echos quoted a nuclear information official as saying that in 2016 only about half of the people targeted bothered to pick up their iodine.
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Public authorities launch information campaign in the event of a nuclear accident. Since the Fukushima disaster, the precautionary zone around the nuclear installations has been extended to 20 kilometers instead of 10. More than two million French people should receive a registered mail. From Tuesday, September 17, nearly 2.2 million French should receive a letter nominative inviting them to go to the pharmacy to remove a box of iodine tablets, as well as indications on the reflexes to have in case of nuclear alert. According to Les Echos , some 646 pharmacists, 3,077 physicians and more than 1,000 town halls are involved. This unprecedented information campaign is the direct result of a measure announced in 2016 by Ségolène Royal, then minister of the environment : the extension of the perimeter of the special intervention plans (PPI) around the nuclear sites in case of incidents. Passed from 10 to 20 kilometers, these PPI now concern more than two million people, against 600 000 previously.
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EDF’s operational risks have increased, observes Standard & Poor’s, who denounces the technical problems affecting nuclear power plants of the giant tricolor energy. Winds contrary for EDF. The benchmark rating agency Standard & Poor’s has issued a note highlighting an increase in the operational risk of the tricolor energy giant because of technical problems affecting the group’s nuclear power plants. Between five and seven reactors would be involved. EDF was confident. However, the rating agency indicates that if the group were to temporarily shut down these plants, this would lead to a reassessment of credit quality. S & P waited for a report from the ASN within a month.
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The energy transition should cost 33 billion euros over fifteen years to the electricity grid. According to the transmission system operator, the integration of renewable energies and electric cars should be reflected slightly on the consumer bill. It was one of the first votes of the National Assembly of the season. The final adoption of the text on energy and climate, Wednesday, September 11, includes in the law the “climate emergency” and the goal of “carbon neutrality” for 2050. But it is especially necessary to allow the implementation application of France’s energy roadmap, multiannual energy planning. The law notably acts the fall of the nuclear part in the production of electricity, to reach 50% in 2035 – against 72% today. An objective that was initially set in 2025 under the mandate of François Hollande, on which Emmanuel Macron and Nicolas Hulot retreated, judging it unattainable.
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French utility EDF on Wednesday said there was no need to close any of its nuclear reactors for now following the discovery of problems with weldings in their steam generators. State-controlled EDF said it had identified problems with 16 generators installed in six operating reactors in plants in France. It also discovered issues with components not yet in service. EDF’s share price climbed more than 2% at the market open. News of the problems last week had triggered a sharp fall in the share price of nearly 7%.
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