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 user 2006-05-30 at 9:50:00 am Views: 64
  • #15588

    Radioactive Champagne in our future?

    Champagne should be fizzy, not fissionable.

    Radionucleotides might feature in future Champagne vintages as<br />
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    Will future vintages contain radioactive waste?

    Champagne region, France
    — Ahhh, a fine Champagne. A delicate nose. Full body. Great colour. And
    that indescribable sensation when you raise your glass of having your
    tongue tickled by …. TRITIUM???

    Raise a toast to the French
    nuclear industry, whose low-level radioactive waste is leaking into
    groundwater less than 10 kilometres (6 miles) from the famous Champagne

    at a radioactive waste dumpsite in Soulaine were reported by its
    operator, ANDRA, to the French nuclear safety authority on May 24th,
    2006.  According to their report “the wall of a storage cell fissured”
    while concrete was being added to a recent layer of waste.

    in the 1980′s, ANDRA stated categorically that their dumpsite would not
    release any radioactivity into the environment. But that was when they
    were seeking planning permission. Today, the French nuclear authority
    is saying “This event revealed a flaw in the conception of the storage
    cells of the site.”

    waste dump, Centre Stockage l’Aube (CSA) in Soulaine, contains nuclear
    waste both from France and abroad. More waste is trucked into the site
    every week. Once full, the dumpsite will be one of the world’s largest
    with over 1 million cubic meters of waste, including plutonium.

    research released last week showed levels of radioactivity leaking from
    another dumpsite run by ANDRA in Normandy  — at  up to 90 times above
    European safety limits. That waste has seeped into underground water
    used by farmers, with contamination spreading into the countryside and
    threatening dairy production.

    The Champagne site will receive
    a total of 4 thousand terabequerels of tritium — more than three times
    the amount of tritium waste as the dumpsite in Normandy.

    A nuclear waste crisis out of control

    have been told for decades that nuclear dumpsites will not leak and
    that the best standards are being applied. In reality the dumpsite in
    Normandy is a disaster, and radioactivity is already leaking from the
    dumpsite in Champagne,” says Shaun Burnie, nuclear campaigner at
    Greenpeace International. “The authorities know they have a problem in
    Champagne already, with mistakes in the design. This is only the
    beginning of the problem, the bigger picture is that France has a
    nuclear waste crisis out of control that is threatening not only the
    environment and public health but also the economy of the Champagne

    In addition to the low and intermediate waste site in
    Soulaine, a new high-level waste dumpsite is being planned in Bure –
    also in the Champagne region — in which the most radioactive material
    in France would be deposited. Plans to build a high level waste
    facility in the Rhone Valley were scrapped a few years ago after strong
    opposition by wine producers due to the threat to their vines and wine

    “The Champagne producers are facing two nuclear time
    bombs – one already leaking at Soulaine, and one planned at Bure. The
    wine producers in the Rhone region stood up to the nuclear state in
    France and won. The Champagne region needs to act fast before it’s too
    late,” said Fred Marillier of Greenpeace France.

    “The French
    Government must stop this madness. The new facility must not accept any
    more waste, and an immediate investigation launched into how to stop
    further contamination of ground water.”

    1,200 tons each year and no place to go

    having a nuclear waste crisis the French electricity providers
    Electricite de France (EdF) are seeking approval to build a new reactor
    at Flamanville, which will increase the amount of high-level waste.

    EdF’s nuclear reactors produce 1,200 tonnes of highly radioactive waste
    every year. The waste expected from the new reactor would be the most
    hazardous waste ever produced in a French nuclear power reactor.

    France needs to end its love affair with nuclear power, and raise a glass to safe, clean, renewable energy.