World CIGEO PROJECT: The public inquiry into the landfill of radioactive waste ends

11:45  23 october  2021
11:45  23 october  2021 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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Le laboratoire souterrain de l’Andra, à 490 mètres de profondeur, est un outil de recherche et d’expérimentation pour préparer Cigéo, le projet de stockage géologique profond des déchets les plus radioactifs. © West-France The underground laboratory of the Andra, 490 meters deep, is a research and experimentation tool to prepare CIGEO , the deep geological storage project of the most radioactive waste.

More than 3,000 contributions were collected, mainly on the digital register, for this step prior to possible statement of public utility. The commission of inquiry should make its report in December 2021.

very little attendance at physical permanence. But more than 3,000 contributions on the Internet. The public inquiry, a step prior to a possible statement of public utility (DUP) of the CIGEO project, mobilized in whole France since September 15th. An "true satisfaction" for Claude Bastien, the president of the commission of inquiry.

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Especially since the procedure began on the background of protest, with a public meeting disrupted and canceled, the permanence made "in the presence of the gendarmes" ... The mobilization of associations and collectives opposite to Cigéo remains strong.

Report "No doubt in December" 2021

Positions very marked between favorable persons or not the project are also found in the paper and digital registers, open until Saturday, October 23, 2021, at 12:30. "Hide these Waste is to despise future generations, " denounces an inhabitant of the Marne. "Without reversibility or long-term control, CIGEO is not a solution", also estimates a Francilian, preferring an "subsurface storage".

Some point too "unknowns" by relaying a press release entitled "100 reasons for not building cigéo". It is "the worst solution" , add others, widening the risk "seismic", the impact "on the living environment" of the municipalities concerned, four of which have issued an adverse opinion to Dup's request. Many also share "uncertainties as to the impacts on the natural environment".

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Conversely contributors judge this project "logic and necessary" . The "numerous and serious studies have shown its feasibility and safety". Once "buried, this waste will no longer move for millions of years", according to Alain, a Parisian.

On the surface, adds François,

"This waste is too sensitive in case of war, various upheavals". An opinion shared by a Breton: "Our generation must manage the waste responsibly by following the consensus to which scientists have reached.

The commission of inquiry will make its report

"probably in December" 2021. A recognition of public utility would allow Andra to acquire the remaining 120 hectares of field which are necessary, if necessary by expropriation. And launching procedures for preliminary adjustments: roads, strengthening water networks, etc.

The Agency will also deposit in 2022 an application for authorization to create, educated for three to five years by the nuclear safety authority. Could then start the construction of Cigéo, for commissioning in 2035.

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