Fessenheim: LR MP denounces “government abandonment of territory”

Raphaël Schellenberger, LR deputy for Haut-Rhin, chairman of a fact-finding mission on the follow-up to the closure of the Fessenheim nuclear power plant denounced Tuesday “the abandonment of the territory by the government”.

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Raphaël Schellenberger, LR deputy for Haut-Rhin and chairman of a fact-finding mission on the follow-up to the closure of the Fessenheim nuclear power plant, which had just been installed in the National Assembly, denounced on Tuesday “the abandonment of the territory by government ”.

A few days before the final shutdown of the first reactor of the oldest French nuclear power plant, on Saturday, Mr. Schellenberger remains opposed to the closure of “a productive tool”. He warned during a press conference on “the consequences” for the territory, noting an “inability to an immediate rebound”.

The second reactor at Fessenheim will be closed in June.

“The State is not there,” lamented the deputy, denouncing in particular “the probable abandonment” of the installation of a “technocentre” devoted to metal waste on the Fessenheim site.

The Minister for the Ecological Transition, Élisabeth Borne, expressed doubts about this EDF project last month.

With the closure of the plant, Mr. Schellenberger pointed to the elimination of “more than 2,000 jobs” direct or indirect, negative consequences on shops and local services or on the real estate market.

He also warned about the risks for energy supply in Europe, in view of the closures of electricity production sites also planned in Germany and Switzerland.

The MP said the fact-finding mission he chairs would start hearings on Thursday and travel to Fessenheim after the municipal elections in March. It plans an interim report in July, before a full report “within 10 or 11 months”.