UPDATE: Champagne loses Soulaines nuclear dump appeal

on 19/10/10 at 10:35 am

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UPDATE:  Champagne has lost its appeal to stop nuclear waste from being stored within a few miles of its vineyards in the Aube.

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Champagne continues fight against nuclear waste dump

The Champagne region is embroiled in a legal battle to prevent the French national atomic agency ANDRA from dumping nuclear waste near its vineyards.

According to French press reports, the CIVC - Champagne’s trade association – has asked the administrative court in Châlons-en-Champagne to cancel permission granted to ANDRA in August 2006 to continue storing low level radioactive waste at its facility in Soulaines. The site is located within 9km of Champagne’s Côte des Bars.

This followed ANDRA’s admission earlier the same month of a leak at the facility, for which it received authorisation to repair.

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