Raphaël Schellenberger, LR deputy for Haut-Rhin and chairman of a fact-finding mission on the follow-up to the closure of the Fessenheim nuclear power plant, just set up in the National Assembly, denounced on Tuesday “the abandonment of the territory by the government. “
A few days before the final shutdown of the first reactor of the dean of French nuclear power plants, Saturday, Mr. Schellenberger remains opposed to the closure of “an efficient productive tool”. He alerted during a press conference on “the consequences” for the territory, noting an “incapacity for an immediate rebound”.
The second Fessenheim reactor will be closed in June.
“The State is not there,” lamented the deputy, denouncing in particular “the probable abandonment” of the installation of a “technocentre” devoted to metallic waste on the site of Fessenheim.
The Minister for the Ecological Transition, Élisabeth Borne, expressed doubts last month about this EDF project.
With the closure of the plant, Mr. Schellenberger pointed to the elimination of “more than 2,000 jobs” direct or indirect, negative consequences on local shops and services or on the real estate market.
He also warned of the risks for energy supply in Europe, given the closures of electricity production sites also planned in Germany and Switzerland.
The deputy said that the fact-finding mission he chaired would begin its hearings on Thursday and would travel to Fessenheim after the municipal elections in March. It plans an interim report in July, before a full report “within 10 or 11 months”.