Fieldwork in Fessenheim, France

February 20-24, 2017 Florence Fröhlig and Anna Storm went on fieldwork to the small village of Fessenheim in the Alsace region. The dominant presence of the Fessenheim nuclear power plant and the stately energy company EDF was visible not only by dominating the skyline but also, for example, in the local football clubhouse. The two reactors were commissioned in 1977 and 1978 making them the oldest ones still in operation in France. Recurrent anti-nuclear demands as well as political promises to close the plant down have so far not been realized. It is located right next to the Grand Canal d’Alsace where heavy ship transports continuously pass by, and within 1.5 kilometers from the German border.