Nuclear: who is responsible for the absurd closure of Fessenheim?

EDITORIAL – The Alsatian power station has become a totem pole, no politician has had the courage to put a little economic and ecological rationality into the debate.

Aerial view of the Fessenheim nuclear power plant

This Saturday, February 22, one of the two reactors at the Fessenheim nuclear power plant is definitively cut off from the EDF network. The second will be next June. “Everyone can judge the relevance of the decision, had carefully commented Jean-Bernard Lévy, CEO of EDF, during a recent Morning HEC-Challenges. Two successive presidents of the Republic [François Hollande et Emmanuel Macron, NDLR] have undertaken to close Fessenheim. The decision is not taken, of course, on the grounds of economic rationality but of a political program that applies. ” A fine understatement indeed, when you add up the negative consequences of this closure.

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France is thus depriving itself of the production of electricity at the lowest European cost under perfectly safe conditions. “Fessenheim is in the top three [des centrales nucléaires françaises, NDLR] in view of the safety performance ”, even specified in Le Figaro the representative in Strasbourg of the very careful nuclear safety authority. Alsatian local communities lose 2,000 direct and indirect jobs and 14 million