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Report on the Safety of French Nuclear Facilities

Report on the Safety of French Nuclear Facilities

Published on January 5, 2012
Communiqué issued by the Prime Minister.

Paris, January 3, 2012.

Prime Minister François Fillon had a meeting today, Tuesday, 3 January 2012, with M. André-Claude Lacoste, Chairman of the Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN), who presented him with his report on the safety of French nuclear facilities. The report was requested on 23 March 2011 following the accident at the Fukushima power station.

The Prime Minister thanked André-Claude Lacoste for the thorough and excellent work done over the past nine months. The analyses were conducted in liaison with the High Committee for Transparency and Information on Nuclear Safety (HCTISN), the Parliamentary Office for the Assessment of Scientific and Technological Decisions and experts from the Institute for Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN), as well as foreign experts. They led the ASN to decide on a level of safety allowing the entire French nuclear fleet to remain active. The Prime Minister welcomes the fact that the ASN – an independent authority – is thus testifying to the value of the work done by EDF, Areva, the CEA [Atomic Energy Commission] and the Institut Laue-Langevin, particularly in the framework of the 10-yearly visits enabling continuous improvements to be made in the safety of nuclear facilities.

He calls on Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development, Transport and Housing, and Eric Besson, Minister responsible for Industry, Energy and the Digital Economy, to ensure operators comply with all the ASN’s requests within the timeframe set for them.

The Audit Court’s report on the costs of the nuclear industry, which will be submitted at the end of the month, will also shed particularly useful light.

The government will take on board any proposals that emerge from the European safety peer-review process, which is to begin on 15 January and end on 30 June 2012.

The Prime Minister is keen to emphasize the major role played by the ASN in the provision of information to our fellow citizens and transparency in the nuclear field. This transparency, combined with a very high level of stringency on safety, is an essential condition in order for French people to have confidence in their nuclear industry.

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