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EDF to Close Controversial Nuclear Power Plant by End of 2016

EDF to Close Controversial Nuclear Power Plant by End of 2016

French utility EDF said it will shut down the Fessenheim nuclear power plant in France by the end of 2016 to help quell disputes with Germany and Switzerland.
 
German news outlets claim they obtained a report that had been sent from regulators to the head of EDF about a leak reported at the plant in April 2014. In the report, officials say workers were unable to shut down the reactor in a normal fashion because control rods had jammed and they had to add boron to the pressure vessel, an unprecedented move in Western Europe. The German officials say regulators did not release information about the boron or the jammed control rods, nor was it reported to the International Atomic Energy Agency.
 
The dual-unit plant, located near the border with Germany and Switzerland, is France’s oldest and has been operating since 1977 and 1978.
 
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