There are nearly 1,200 producers of radioactive waste in France
Out of the 2 kg of radioactive waste produced in France, per inhabitant per year:
(3)Responsibility for monitoring and implementing the law has been given to the French Parliamentary Office for the Evaluation of Scientific and Technological Choices (Office Parlementaire d'Évaluation des Choix Scientifiques et Technologiques – OPECST)
Undestanding the waste conditioning and disposal value chain
The National Public Debate Commission (Commission nationale du débat public – CNDP) organized a public debate in the second half of 2018 in order to prepare for the 5th National Plan for the Management of Radioactive Materials and Waste (Plan National de Gestion des Matières et Déchets Radioactifs – PNGMDR) for 2019-2021. Updated every three years, the PNGMDR is a document that assesses existing methods of managing radioactive waste and materials, identifies foreseeable storage and disposal facility requirements and indicates the capacities needed for those facilities and the duration of storage. Orano welcomes the launch of this public debate, the first to be held as part of the revision of the PNGMDR. It is an opportunity to explain the main issues regarding nuclear waste to the general public, and respond to any questions or concerns raised. It is also a chance to recall that companies in the nuclear sector now know how to condition nuclear waste and improve existing management solutions in order to reduce volumes and recover materials. This covers waste with known properties that has already been disposed of in centers intended for this purpose, or safely stored pending a definitive solution.