France

France

BAD NEWS FOR THE NUCLEAR INDUSTRY

At the same time as announcing the review of electricity tariffs, the council said the reference costs of electricity will now also be reviewed at regular intervals by a diverse panel of experts. It will report to the government's Office for Science Technology Selection Assessment (OPCST) and a white paper will be published on nuclear energy, dealing mainly with fuels and waste products. It is suggested that EdF completely dismantle a reactor so these costs can be assessed. According to Florentin Krause, author of Nuclear Power in Western Europe, this is bad news for the nuclear industry. It shows a progressive distancing from nuclear by civil servants and regulators.

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