|Project Details||15 square kilometre of underground storage facility in a geology of thick layers of argillite rock. |
Disposability reversible at least for 100 years.
Designed to hold French military and civilian atomic waste classified as having intermediate and high levels of radioactivity, some of which can remain dangerous for more than 100,000 years.
Update.- 2017. There have been local demonstrations from time to time by what newspapers call "zadistes". On August 15, 2017, "Police used water cannon and fired tear gas and stun grenades as they battled with demonstrators protesting at plans to store nuclear waste... Protest organisers said six people were badly hurt and about 30 lightly injured in the clash in Bure. The local prefecture said that, according to calls to the emergency services, at least three demonstrators had been injured. Two gendarmes were hurt by a "home-made device thrown by protestors", the prefecture said... The rally was held to oppose plans to store highly radioactive waste 500 metres (1,640 feet) underground at a nearby site -- the dangerous long-term by-product of France's extensive nuclear energy programme. Debate over Bure has been raging for years, pitching France's vocal environmental lobby against its powerful nuclear industry. In July 2017, the National Agency for the Management of Radioactive Waste (ANDRA) said construction of the storage site would start in 2022 at the earliest. But earlier this month (August 2017), a national watchdog, the Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN), declared it had "reservations" about the project."
The cost of the project could go up to € 25 billion .
|Project Area (in hectares)||1500|
|Level of Investment (in USD)||18,500,000,000|
|Type of Population||Rural|
|Company Names or State Enterprises||Gaiya from France - joint venture of Technip and Ingérop (France)|
|Relevant government actors||Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy., Autorite de Surete Nucleaire, Agence nationale pour la gestion des déchets radioactifs|
|Environmental justice organisations and other supporters||BURESTOP 55 - Collectif Meuse contre l’enfouissement des déchets radioactifs, Bure Zone Libre (BZL), EODRA : Association des Elus de Lorraine et Champagne-Ardenne Opposés à lenfouissement des Déchets RAdioactifs et favorables à un développement durable. Confederation paysanne.|