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Hulot ensures that Fessenheim will be closed

The minister of ecological Transition and solidarity, Nicolas Hulot, said Thursday evening on France 2 that there were “alternatives” to the controversial project of the airport of Notre-Dame-des-Landes (Loire-Atlantique). He assured that the nuclear power plant of Fessenheim, near Basel, switzerland, would be closed.

“We’re going to get out of the confrontation and we’ll go into consultation and cooperation, on this subject and on many others”, he said in his first public intervention since his appointment, on Wednesday. He had said his hostility toward this project prior to his appointment in the government of Edouard Philippe.

“My belief is that there are alternatives, but the mediation that is going to start, probably will make the demonstration”, he continued, in reference to the process of mediation announced Thursday morning by the prime minister.

“All the solutions and options are on the table. My belief is that it has not investigated all the alternatives,”-he stressed.

“I think the best demonstration to appease, it is that compared to the constraints, visions, and each other, there is probably another option that will satisfy the interests of each other”, he said, paving the way for a replacement solution.

Energy Transition

Emmanuel Macron and Edouard Philippe are in favour of the airport project.
On the nuclear, Nicolas Hulot has conceded that it could not “spend” this energy, but has called for “a vision” in the sense of the energy transition.

He confirmed the goal, to 2025, to reduce the share of nuclear electricity from 75% to 50%. He assured that the power plant of Fessenheim (Haut-Rhin), near Basel, switzerland, would be closed. (tty/nxp)

Created: 18.05.2017, 21h28

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