France’s oldest nuclear power plant is now closed

The two reactors at Fessenheim nuclear power plant. France’s oldest nuclear plant closed yesterday.
Locals and pro-nucelar climate change protestors are upset by the closure of Fessenheim nuclear power plant.

The Fessenheim nuclear plant (Grand Est) closed yesterday (June 29), causing controversy among local residents and climate change protesters both for and against nuclear power.

The plant has been in operation for 43 years, but on Monday night (June 29) electricity provider EDF disconnected the second reactor from the national grid, closing the plant completely.

The first reactor was used for the last time on February 22, 2020.

It is expected that it could take up to 15 years to dismantle the two reactors at Fessenheim, beginning with removing the radioactive combustible. This step should be complete by 2023. It is thought that further dismantlement could then begin in 2025, and continue until at least 2040.

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