300 articles and commentaries that try to convince readers that the answer to this question must be yes. Dismantle all bombs and reactors before the centennial of the Trinity Nuclear Bomb Test on July 16, 1945. Sooner would be better, but since the human race loves centennials, this is one to put in your calendar.
The Inconvenience of a Geothermic Energy Source Under France's Nuke Waste Dump
French weekly newspaper Le Canard
enchaîné provides aggressive and biting coverage of the nuclear
establishment in a way that mainstream media refrain from doing. Le Canard has been in print since 1915,
except for a period during the German occupation when it was forced to close.
The journal had a moment of international fame in September 2013 when it ran
satirical cartoons about Tokyo being awarded the 2020 Olympics in spite of
Japan’s troubles containing its nuclear catastrophe.
for readers who would like easy access to its reporting, Le Canard has stuck to its policy of being print-only. There is a Le Canard enchaîné website, but it
exists only to introduce the journal, sell subscriptions and occupy the domain
name that imitators and detractors would like to possess.
I notice people in my social network sharing photos of pages from Le Canard (a previous one translated to
English is here)
and today I came across the following report about a fiasco at France’s nuclear
waste disposal site in Bure. I’m posting this translation of content from Le Canard, hoping that they won’t mind
the publicity and the fact that this sample is made available to English
readers throughout the world so that they will be forewarned about how nuclear
waste disposal projects always offer a false promise of a final solution for
nuclear waste, along with pledges of jobs and economic development for the
remote communities that are always exploited for these ventures.
Waste on the Aquifer
by Professor Canardeau
translation of Des déchets (nucléaires) sur la nappe
pocket of warm water exists beneath what is supposed to be France’s largest nuclear
garbage pit, located near the town Bure. This site is destined to store, for at
least 100,000 years, the most dangerous high-level waste that has accumulated
since France built its first reactor. 125 meters tall, 30 kilometers wide and
dozens of kilometers long, this reserve of warm water could sooner or later be
used to produce heat or energy. The water is a comfortable 66 degrees, but it
is found at a depth of 1,800 meters, while the nuclear waste is to be buried
above it at a depth of 500 meters.
January 5, 2015, the agency for the management of radioactive waste (ANDRA)
will find itself on trial in high court in Nanterre for having divulged false
information concerning the supposed absence of concern about significant
underground water tables at the site in Bure. The citizen groups Sortir du nucléaire and Stop Bure 55, and Mirabel Lorraine Nature Environnement have brought the charges.
background: The fundamental rules related to deep geological disposal of
nuclear waste, established in 1991 and still in force, clearly state that sites
should not involve significant concerns about geothermal sources or build-up of
heat. But in 2002, the geophysicist André Mourot (now deceased) was going
through the archives at the Bureau of Geological and Mining Research in Nancy,
Reims, and he discovered the existence of this aquifer, and he realized its
significance as a source of energy. The geologist Antoine Godinot remembers
that André Mourot wrote a report and distributed it to all interested groups. Next,
they demanded that ANDRA conduct testing to learn fully about the aquifer.
made no response until 2008. “What a disaster, this drilling
and testing,” laughed the nuclear physicist Monique Sené. “The probe got stuck.
They couldn’t even reach the aquifer.”
fiasco didn’t stop ANDRA from declaring in 2009 that the geothermic source is
negligible. Since then it has stuck to this position. To the malcontents it
accuses of spreading this information about a geothermic potential, it
responds, “The studies done by ANDRA concern whether there is an exceptional
geothermic resource.” For ANDRA, as far as Bure is concerned, there is “no
geothermic resource of exceptional interest.” Everything hinges on what is
understood by “exceptional.”
the end of 2013, at the request of the local information committee tracking the
Bure laboratory (composed of representatives of the State, local collectives,
and civil society groups), a Swiss group called Geowatt, specializing in geothermic
energy resources, produced a report that stated, “We are of the opinion that the
geothermic resources of the Bure region could at present be developed at an
economical cost with the use of appropriate technology.” The nail in the coffin was
the additional comment stating, “The burial of nuclear waste prevents access to
the geothermic resource.”
physicist Bernard Laponche points out, “If we build this project at this site,
we are going to impose enormous risks on future generations, and for sure one
day people will want to exploit this geothermic energy, but they will stumble
upon the nuclear waste that is blocking access to it. ”
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translation of Des déchets (nucléaires) sur la nappe