Appointed in November 2012 as the head of the nuclear safety Authority (ASN), for a term of six years, non-renewable, Pierre-Franck Chevet judge that the safety of the French park has ” improved significantly in recent years “. But he worried about the loss of the “technical capabilities” of the industry. He calls them ” a duty of inventory “.
You began your career to the DSC a few months after the Chernobyl disaster of April 1986, and you have taken the presidency shortly after the one that occurred in Fukushima in march 2011. France is it safe from such accidents ?
Pierre-Franck Chevet : A major nuclear accident is possible in all parts of the world, including in France. The safety culture requires taking into account this risk. Imagine that it only happens to others, is contrary to the principle of safety.
For all that, our role is to ensure that this does not happen. Following Fukushima, we have imposed on the operators of the strengthening measures of nuclear facilities, going further than many other countries. The works are not completed all of them, but they are planned. Overall, the safety of the facilities has improved considerably in recent years.
In 2017, again, you speak yet of a ” context of concern “. This is no longer the case ?
It was mainly because of the financial difficulties of industrial companies, which put the nuclear industry under pressure. The current context is of less concern than it was this year, thanks to the restructuring and recapitalisation of operators, Areva (now Orano] and EDF.
however, There are still points that call for extreme vigilance. The companies in this sector face a loss of experience : most of the 58 reactors of the French nuclear reactors have been put into service between the end of the years…