The departmental council of Haute-Marne unanimously adopted a motion on Friday against a project to set up near Joinville of an industrial laundry for clothing from nuclear facilities, particularly worrying about water resources.
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"its unwavering support"
for Cigéo, a controversial nuclear waste landfill project in Bure (Meuse), about twenty kilometers from Joinville, the departmental council reports
"many legitimate concerns of local residents, departmental associations and municipal councils ”
concerning this laundry, according to the text of the motion.
The departmental council expresses
"the wish that a feasibility study be carried out on the proximity interdepartmental zone and that a new study on water resources be carried out with regard to new climatic changes"
, opposing the project such as it is currently presented.
"Slightly" or non-contaminated areas
The motion underlines both the fragility of the Marne River, hit in recent years by episodes of drought and the risk that the establishment of this laundromat will destroy efforts to improve the tourist attractiveness of Haute-Marne and the town of Joinville.
This laundry, which is due to open in 2021 in an activity zone in Suzannecourt, on the banks of the Marne, is intended to decontaminate and wash around 1,900 tonnes per year of clothing worn by employees working in “lightly” or uncontaminated areas of nuclear sites.
Launched in 2016, the project received a favorable opinion in January from the public utility survey.
The “Collective against Unitech”, grouping together eight environmental protection associations including Greenpeace France and the “Sortir du nuclear” network, denounces an insufficient impact study, in particular on radiological discharges in the Marne and the consequences on wildlife aquatic.