This final shutdown is a victory for the antinuclear but a heartbreak for the employees and the inhabitants. “There was a lot of emotion on the part of the teams of Fessenheim, and on the whole of the nuclear fleet”, underlined a spokesperson for Électricité de France.
Shortly before 11:00 p.m., around twenty employees met at the parking lot in front of the power plant, which was commissioned in 1977, to be present when it was finally shut down.
One of them regretted a “mess” and spoke of his “rage”, with tears in his eyes. He was part of the team that disconnected the first reactor on February 22.
Campaign promise in 2012
The closure of Fessenheim, located along the Rhine, near Germany and Switzerland, comes as a final point after years of turmoil, debate and postponement of its judgment.
The dismantling of the plant promises to take a long time: 15 years are planned to dismantle the two reactors, starting with the evacuation of the highly radioactive fuel scheduled to be completed in 2023. The actual dismantling should begin by 2025 and continue at least until 2040.
dpa / br