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France’s oldest nuclear plant Fessenheim turns One off reactor

France pulled the plug on among those nuclear reactors in the nation’s earliest plant Saturday, a tiny initial step in reducing atomic’s location in its energy mix.

Environmental activists had required Fessenheim — that entered into service in 1978 — shut for quite a while, saying that since the reactors obsolete, the danger of accident improved appreciably.

The French authorities had declared in 2018 that they’d stop one of those reactors on the website, which is situated close to the border. The next reactor at the plant tends to cease in June, the government has stated.

France has the 2nd most nuclear plants from the world following the United States, using a total of 19 plants and 58 reactors from the nation.

Proponents of nuclear power, meanwhile, say it has to be a part of a low-carbon alternative together with renewables to steer away from fossil fuel burning off energy.

Elisabeth Borne went to Fessenheim before the reactor closed on Friday to talk with residents.

Some were worried about shutting the plant that provides tens of thousands of jobs in the region.

“It isn’t straightforward to shut a nuclear energy plant. You will find jobs, you will find workers, and there’s a land… I am here to have up [to] my conclusions and state that we are going to bring this transformation without leaving anybody behind,” said Borne in a media conference in Fessenheim.

Concerns about the security of atomic power plants rose after an earthquake in Japan triggered an explosion in the Japanese atomic power plant in Fukushima in 2011.

Some radiation levels close to the plant in Japan are still too large that people reside in regions closeby.

The French government has introduced plans to decrease the share of nuclear in the nation to about 50 percent by shutting a total of 14 reactors involving both at Fessenheim.

Greenpeace protested at the southern atomic plant of Tricastin, saying that”it was constructed at a seismic zone and also the dam shielding it from flood remains brittle”.

“Radioactive components have leaked and contaminated the groundwater on many events,” the firm stated.