Activists from Greenpeace broke into the Tricastin nuclear power plant in southern France in order to demand its closure, the environmental pressure group said on Friday. “Some 50 Greenpeace activists gained access to several points at the Tricastin nuclear power plant this morning,” said Greenpeace spokeswoman Cecile Genot. “We are protesting and drawing attention to an aging nuclear power plant that is dangerous and should be shut down.” Officials for French state-controlled power group EDF, which runs Tricastin, had no immediate comment on the situation.
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On February 22, reactor number 1 at Fessenheim, the oldest nuclear power plant in France, will be shut down. But is there a link between the age of a reactor and its dangerousness? Context has had access to the bible of “significant nuclear safety events” in France since the start of the fleet, in 1977. The old power plants do not declare more events than the most recent. “Fessenheim, for example, is not a site on which we can identify an aging problem,” explains Karine Herviou, of IRSN, in an interview published on February 21. But among the declared dysfunctions, those linked to aging are more and more numerous.
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All of the nuclear reactors at Blayais, Chinon, Cruas-Meysse, Dampierre-en-Burly, Gravelines, Saint-Laurent-des-Eaux, Bugey (except 4) and at Tricastin, i.e. 31 out of a total of 58 reactors spread across France, do not comply with the design code: in the event of an earthquake, electrical cabinets and relaying frames would have collided, due to the absence of links between them. This would have damaged the equipment and compromised their ability to function properly. The EDF press release published on February 20, 2020 – for an official declaration made 3 weeks before to the Nuclear Safety Authority – says little: the 4th ten-year visit of reactor 1 of Tricastin made it possible to discover these anomalies, checks were carried out have been launched on all reactors of the same type (900MWe), on these 34 reactors all are concerned except 3 (reactor 4 of Bugey and 2 reactors of Fessenheim), the operations of bringing back into conformity are in progress. The operator will say no more.
Sortir du Nucleaire 20th Feb 2020 read more »
The complex and costly dismantling of the Fessenheim nuclear power plant. The closure of the two reactors does not mean that the risks, particularly seismic, inherent to the site have ended. Deconstruction should take at least fifteen years.
Le Monde 20th Feb 2020 read more »
The French Government is to initiate a shutdown of the first reactor of the EDF-owned Fessenheim plant, the country’s oldest nuclear power plant, after 43 years of activity. Dismantling operations for reactor 1 will begin on 22 February, as a step towards the plant’s complete shutdown on 30 June. Environment minister Elisabeth Borne said yesterday in an interview: “It has been years since we talked about shutting down Fessenheim and no previous government had ever made the decision. Now the decision has been made, the Prime Minister signed the decree and it appeared this morning on the government’s gazette.”
Power Technology 20th Feb 2020 read more »
France will start closing its oldest atomic power plant on Saturday after 43 years in operation, the first in a series of reactor shutdowns but hardly a signal the country will reduce its reliance on nuclear energy anytime soon. Unplugging the two reactors at Fessenheim, along the Rhine near France’s eastern border with Germany and Switzerland, became a key goal of anti-nuclear campaigners after the catastrophic meltdown at Fukushima in Japan in 2011. Experts have noted that construction and safety standards at Fessenheim, brought online in 1977, fall far short of those at Fukushima, with some warning that seismic and flooding risks in the Alsace region had been underestimated.
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