Wastes

Stocamine* and Cigéo** in the Same Boat

11 Mar 2014

*Stocamine at Wittelsheim near Mulhouse was a center for deep Storage- 550 meters- for non-recyclable and non-radioactive toxic waste in a salt bed. Between February 1999 and September 2002, 44,000 tons of waste has been stored there.

** Cigéo is at the borders of the Meuse and Haute-Marne is an in depth storage project – 500 meters – for non-recyclable radioactive waste in a layer of clay.

In 1997, the prefectural authorization for Stocamine included a 30-year operation and demanded removal of the after that term except in case of an authorization renewal. Reversibility was accompanied by technical and financial provisions ensuring, at any time, the withdrawal of all or some of the waste.

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(Français) Lettre ouverte à l’ambassadeur de Turquie

4 Oct 2013

Only in French.

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In Tomsk, the Forbidden City

26 Jun 2012

In Tomsk, the Forbidden City

In April 2012, a delegation from the High Commission for Transparency and Information on Nuclear Security accepted the Russian authorities invitation to the forbidden city of Seversk. In fact, Seversk (the northern city) has only had this name for a few years. Its real name is Tomsk-7, the city and atomic complex of architects, scientists, and Stalin’s military. In this high place of the Cold War, the French delegation received a warm and scrutinizing welcome.

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(Français) Une sortie pour les déchets nucléaires allemands

28 Nov 2011

Only in French.

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Nuclear waste

23 Nov 2011

The return of nuclear waste in Germany is legitimate. This waste is an inevitable byproduct of reprocessing spent fuel from German nuclear reactors. The return of waste conforms to contracts signed by the German and French nuclear industries as well as their respective governments.

Each country that took the decision to invest in the nuclear industry and prefers reprocessing is responsible for the waste. European countries use the reprocessing plant in La Hague Peninsula as a means to differ national management of nuclear waste. Until further notice, Germany decided to abandon nuclear power. This does not lessen the country’s responsibility of all nuclear waste that was produced in Germany by itself or its foreign subcontractors. Leaving nuclear power imposes both reflection and a call to action on waste management of production and dismantling materials.

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(Français) Centraco. Mise au point de Robin des Bois

13 Sep 2011

(Français) Centraco. Mise au point de Robin des Bois

Only in French.

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(Français) Accident Centraco Marcoule

12 Sep 2011

(Français) Accident Centraco Marcoule

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A nuclear waste to be broken up in Belgium

7 Jun 2011

A nuclear waste to be broken up in Belgium

According to the Northwest Evening Mail, the Pacific Sandpiper is to be demolished in Belgium. The Pacific Sandpiper belongs to the English ship company, Pacific Nuclear Transport Ltd (PNTL), and was launched in 1985. She measures 104 meters long with a light weight of 3,950 tons. This floating nuclear waste, the Pacific Sandpiper, transported a total of 500 radioactive spent fuel containers throughout her career. These shipments were operated within the scope of reprocessing contracts with the Japanese electricity producing companies TEPCO and Kansaï, from Japan to France for Cogema-AREVA and from Japan to the UK for BNFL (British Nuclear Fuels Limited). In January 2004, the ship also transported vitrified nuclear waste, which originated from the AREVA factory in La Hague, (France) between Cherbourg and Japan.

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(Français) Un légitime retour vers le pays d’origine

5 Nov 2010

Only in French.

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French Russian Joint-Venture, at all Costs

11 Aug 2010

While, forest fires are ravaging over Russia and the nuclear sector is menaced and in confusion, France is not dissuaded and continue to exchange radioactive materials with Russia.

Today, at least 9 depleted uranium containers and 16 enriched uranium containers (each of them with around 100 billion becquerels “Bq”) should be loaded aboard a small cargo carrier Kholmogory at the Port of Le Havre. Photos and a video are available of the atomic train on Robin des Bois’s internet site. They were taken on August 9th in Le Havre, France.

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