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03 July 2017

Switzerland Abandons Nuclear Power - Really?

Beznau nuclear power plant
Less than two weeks after the popular vote on the new energy strategy, the Swiss Federal Council decided to amend nuclear safety rules to take into account the possibility of more serious accidents.  Switzerland holds the record for having the longest-operating nuclear reactor, the Beznau power plant, which has accumulated 48 years of activity and 925 microcracks on its reactor vessel. Stopped since 2015, its operator has requested authorization to start it up again, arguing that it could still hold out until 2030. It would then be 60 years old!

Switzerland abandons nuclear power! Really?
by Anne-Cécile Reimann, Geneva, Readers' Mail, Le Courrier, 31 May 2017

Anne-Cécile Reimann, Contratom activist, reminds us that the "energy strategy 2050", recently approved by popular vote, sets no limit with regard to the shutting down of nuclear power plants in operation.

On 21 May 2017, the Swiss people accepted by popular vote the "2050 strategy", which marks progress in the energy transition that is indispensable to preserve the climate and our planet...

Concerning the atom, the position of our government has not changed. "No building of new nuclear power plants" (provision already in place since March 2013) whilc existing nuclear plants continue to operate as long as they are safe! We remind you that the Chernobyl and Fukushima plants were considered safe five minutes before the accidents!



It is clear that for both our authorities and public opinion, the fact of committing to no longer building new plants means renouncing nuclear energy but no date for abandoning nuclear power has been foreseen for the plants in operation, which could be exploited forever, as long as they are safe, that is, until an accident.

In terms of safety, we cannot consider our old boilers to be champions, like the Beznau power plant, which has accumulated forty-eight years of activity and 925 microcracks on its reactor vessel. It holds the world's record for longevity in terms of nuclear exploitation! Stopped since 2015, its operator has requested authorization to start it up again, arguing that it could still hold out until 2030. It would then be 60 years old!

Switzerland pretends to abandon nuclear power while it attempts a dangerous experiment of nuclear geriatrics!

Original text in French:
https://www.lecourrier.ch/149849/la_suisse_sort_du_nucleaire_vraiment

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