Flamanville Nuclear Reactor Will Not Go Online until 2024

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The commissioning of the new generation of reactors, which was supposed to have been supplying electricity for 8 years, was postponed again largely unnoticed by the public

It was not to be expected otherwise, but it is now clear that the so-called “European Pressurized Water Reactor” (EPR) in Flamanville, France, will not even go online as soon as the age-old piles in Fessenheim am Oberrhein are closed due to constantly new problems. The commissioning had already been postponed to 2022 last year because once again weld seams were found in the steel casing of the EPR in Normandy that was leaking and should be re-welded. This is obviously more complicated than expected anyway.

Last week, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe and his Environment Minister Elisabeth Borne secretly, quietly and quietly pushed through a decree that was published in the satire newspaper Canard Enchaîné received attention, who repeatedly puts her finger in the radiant wound on the atomic question. “Seven, Thirteen and Seventeen” is the title, which is based on the fact that the two members of the government have signed a decree in which the “Decree of April 10, 2007” just the “word thirteen was replaced by seventeen”.

Actually, the previous decree already expired when it was quietly extended without any public participation or debate because the kiln would have had to be loaded with fuel rods by April this year. The environmental associations speak of an administrative trick and a fraud. Pretend it was all about changing date and otherwise being in line with what was provided in the original decree, explained the network for the exit from nuclear energy. The opponents of nuclear power, together with Greenpeace and France Nature Environnement, criticized the need for an environmental impact assessment. With regard to EU standards, you speak of a “clearly illegal” action against which a complaint has been filed.

Actually, everything has long been saying about the scrap pile in Flamanville, in which even a reactor vessel is installed, the lid of which has to be checked after a few years because it has material weaknesses. Nobody knows how to do that anyway. Nobody speaks of the bottom of the reactor vessel, which has similar problems since an inspection is completely illusory. For this reason alone, the project should finally be ended, as the opponents of nuclear power are demanding.

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