France decides to close the oldest nuclear power plant

The Fessenheim nuclear power plant, launched in 1977, promised to close another, but the deadline was postponed.
The French authorities will stop the work of the country’s oldest nuclear power plant Fessenheim by mid-summer. The relevant order was published on Wednesday, February 19, in the official state gazette Journal Officiel.”The meme: the abolition of the license to operate a nuclear power plant in Fessenheim. The text comes into force on February 22, 2020, for reactor number 1 and from June 30 for reactor number 2,” reads the text of the message.

Two reactors of the nuclear power plant will be stopped at the end of February and at the end of June.

“This event… is the first step in embodying France’s energy strategy, which aims to gradually strike a balance between nuclear and renewable electricity in the face of reduced emissions from electricity generation through the closure of coal-fired power plants by 2022,” the government’s communique reads.

The Fessenheim nuclear power plant was commissioned on January 1, 1977. Its closure was one of President Francois Hollande’s campaign promises, but the deadline has been postponed several times.

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As part of the national environmental program to switch to renewable energy, France will stop 14 nuclear reactors by 2035.

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