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France

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. Please visit Beyond Nuclear International for current coverage of nuclear France.

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Thursday
Jul012010

Areva credit rating lowered as reactor costs rise at its Finland site

Standard & Poor's has lowered the credit of Areva, the French government-owned global nuclear corporation, after new delays and cost over-runs plagued the company's reactor project in Finland. An additional $493 million bill was announced last month along with another six-month delay in the ever-moving projected completion date for Areva's EPR reactor under construction at Olkiluoto, Finland. The reactor is optimistically expected to be operational by the end of 2012.

Wednesday
Jun092010

Nuclear power in France pamphlet updated and expanded

Our newly expanded and updated pamphlet - Nuclear Power in France, setting the record straight - contains a comprehensive set of examples showing that nuclear power in France is far from a success. Please download and distribute the pamphlet or order hard copies via email at info@beyonduclear.org.

Thursday
Jun032010

EDF lobbied UK government for subsidies on waste

New documents released in Britain have revealed that the French nuclear utility - EDF- that wants to build new reactors in the U.K., lobbied behind the scenes to reduce a planned disposal levy for the amount of nuclear waste produced by the new reactors. This latest effort by EDF to cushion its path to nuclear build in the UK follows efforts last year to eliminate wind farms in order to bolster the role of nuclear in the country. The British government has publicly stated that new reactors must be built without subsidy. However, a Greenpeace spokesperson said the documents show that EDF has been secretly attempting to deal-make for subsidies behind closed doors.

Monday
Mar292010

French peace movement tours the country for disarmament

Le Mouvement de la Paix is one of the international endorsers of the April 30-May 2 events that is sending more than 200 people to New York City for the Peace and Justice Now conference and march. They are currently organizing rallies in cities in towns across France to raise awarenesss about the nuclear Non-ProliferationTreaty and are promoting the campaign of the Abolition Flame, which they will bring a la Olympic Flame to NYC.

Monday
Mar082010

Leaked documents show French reactor could explode

Documents leaked by an inside source at Electricite de France show that the French reactor - the EPR - could explode due to design flaws that could cause a major accident. Beyond Nuclear immediately responded with a press release urging a ban on the EPR in the US where it was originally slated for six sites. Calvert Cliffs in Maryland remains the only candidate still moving forward. More details and links can also be found in the Sortir du nucleaire press release.