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The atmospheric monitoring and food-chain analyses are carried out both by a dedicated internal team and also by accredited approved laboratories that are audited periodically. Orano Tricastin is a member of the National Measurement Network for Radioactivity and the Environment (RNME – add internet site).
Effluent is fully identified and characterized, both by type and by quantity discharged, before being released into the environment
Gaseous effluent comes from the production processes at different stages of the operation, and also from renewing air in the general building ventilation systems. It is treated and filtered before being discharged into the atmosphere.
This may be process effluent, cooling water, sanitary waste water or rain water. All liquid effluent is subject to a specific treatment, sampling and checks before being discharged into the Rhône via the Donzère-Mondragon canal.
The Atlas Laboratory has been operational since 2017 and brings together in one place all those staff responsible for carrying out analyses relating to product quality and environmental monitoring. The building is designed to withstand external risks and has customized fire protection. It houses staff with a variety of skills:
of the radioactive waste produced by the site’s facilities has a radiological activity level of Very Low (VLLW)
● The Trident workshop: a shared waste-treatment plant
The new plant will allow us to optimize how we manage the treatment of radioactive waste, both technically and environmentally, at the Orano Tricastin site. The workshop will be responsible for all the stages in treatment, from the reception of radioactive waste to its storage before dispatch to approved storage centers.