"Stocamine no poisoned inheritance". Some 300 people demonstrated Saturday in front of the town hall of Wittelsheim against the maintenance, confirmed by the government this week, of the 42,000 tons of final waste buried in the site of Stocamine, in this commune of the Haut-Rhin.
Banners reading "Stocamine no poisoned inheritance" or "emergency, let's save the water table" stood alongside hundreds of posters depicting a skull with an Alsatian headdress, plastered all around the town hall and the park on which the rally took place.
Opposition denounces "ecocide"
"We can't afford to let it happen. Once again, this ecocide will affect millions of Europeans. It is the largest water table in Europe," said LFI MP for Bas-Rhin Emmanuel Fernandes.
The Destocamine collective, at the initiative of the rally, does not anger and does not intend to give up, despite the announcement of the Minister of Ecological Transition Christophe Béchu Tuesday to the elected officials of the Haut-Rhin not to launch a new operation of destocking of this waste buried on the site of Stocamine.
For this new demonstration, the organizers were strengthened by the presence of Extinction Rebellion, the Peasant Confederation and left-wing political parties.
Work to be carried out
Christophe Béchu agreed Tuesday with the opinion expressed in January 2021 by Barbara Pompili, who preceded him in this post. It then considered that destocking was a riskier operation, both for staff and for the environment, than final burial.
The minister announced Tuesday his intention to "immediately" begin toxic waste containment work at Stocamine, so that it is completed "as early as 2027". He maintains that this is the "only solution to ensure that waste will not be able to contaminate the water table" of Alsace which supplies drinking water to nearly 8 million inhabitants.
The LFI deputies responded by calling for a parliamentary commission of inquiry.