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France gets nearly 80% of its electricity from its 58 reactors. However, such a heavy reliance on nuclear power brings with it many major, unsolved problems, most especially that of radioactive waste. Despite assertions to the contrary, the French nuclear story is far from a gleaming example of nuclear success.

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Wednesday
May112011

Areva stops construction of reactor components plant in US

Citing unfavorable market conditions, Areva announced that it will indefinitely suspend construction of the Areva Newport News manufacturing facility. The plant was to supply heavy parts like reactor vessels and steam generators for Areva’s U.S. EPR reactor.

Friday
Apr012011

Anti-nuclear rally in Paris today, April 1st

TO ALL OUR FRIENDS IN PARIS:


Action antinucléaire visuelle et symbolique - Paris

(Visual and symbolic anti-nuclear action -- Paris)

Date: Today/Vendredi 1er avril - 14h30 (Friday, April 1, 2:30pm)

Where: Devant l'Elysée, 56 rue Saint Honoré

Laura Hameaux
Coordination Nationale des groupes et actions (National Coordinator for Groups and Actions)
Réseau Sortir du nucléaire (Campaign for Nuclear Phase Out)
81 bis, rue Gantois 59000 LILLE
Mobile: +33 (0)685230511
Tel: +33 (0)320179491
Mail: laura.hameaux @ sortirdunucleaire.fr
Web: http://www.sortirdunucleaire.org

Friday
Jan212011

Straight from the "whatever next" playbook

France is proposing to build underwater reactors, perhaps besting - or more accurately, "worsting" - Russia's floating reactor concept. As if the seas around northern France aren't contaminated enough by the radioactive effluent pumped from the La Hague reprocessing plant, small reactors would lurk just offshore, risking a Deep Horizon type disaster, nuclear style. The "anchored" reactors would be a joint project of DCNS, the French state-controlled naval company, Areva, EDF and the French Atomic Energy Commission. More at Remy Parmentier's blog.

Wednesday
Dec082010

France inks reactor deal with India making further mockery of NPT

Against the wishes of the thousands of local residents who will bear the radioactive risks, India has agreed a deal with France's state-run nuclear group Areva to buy two reactors for a new plant in Jaitapur in the western state of Maharashtra. The ultimate plan is for a 10,000 MW nuclear power plant. The first two reactors - the French-designed EPRs - put the French at the head of the race to make nuclear trades with India. Flouting the terms of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty which states that non-signatories cannot get foreign support in developing nuclear power - the U.S., France and Japan have been  in eager negotiation with India. Meanwhile, demonstrations in Jaitapur by villagers, farmers and fishermen continue. One Indian nuclear official even avowed that "whatever comes out of the nuclear power plant, is not a waste."

Wednesday
Nov242010

"American Dream" looks over for EDF

Électricité de France, the French utility originally planning to expand nuclear energy in the U.S. through construction of the French EPR reactor, is backing away from the U.S. market. Having already been left stranded by its US partner, Constellation, at the planned Calvert Cliffs, MD new reactor site, EDF's French chairman and chief executive, Henri Proglio, now says EDF will look for business elsewhere. For EDF, the world's biggest nuclear operator, the U.S. represents "a significant stake but not an essential one," he told The Wall Street Journal in an interview in his central Paris office.

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