Future of Cattenom to be decided by France, says Thionville mayor
(CS/mt) The mayor of Thionville, Betrand Mertz, has spoken out against the closure of Cattenom, saying that the future of the nuclear power plant would be decided by France and not Germany or Luxembourg.
The plant has long met with opposition from France's neigbours, as it is located very near the border. Following a series of smaller incidents at the plant last year and at the beginning of this year, environmental organisations but also politicians from both countries have repeatedly called for a closure of the plant.
Most recently, 58m³ of hydrochloric acid were reported to have leaked into the Moselle in late July. However, Cattenom operator EDF said that there was no danger to the environment. Earlier this year a fire at the plant left residents worried and one reactor shut down.
In an interview with the “Luxemburger Wort”, however, Mertz said that energy policy was an internal affair. While he added that as a local politician the future of the plant was not in his hands, he also explained that the plant produces revenue of around one billion euros per year, employing some 1,000 people and providing work for another 2,000 people indirectly.
According to Mertz, the plant is a blessing for the region and discussing its future a sensitive topic.