Bure: the Court of Auditors is concerned about the cost of the nuclear waste storage project. The financial court recommends a “more realistic” estimate of this “extraordinary” project. How much will the project of the Industrial Center for Geological Storage (Cigeo) cost to contain the most dangerous French nuclear waste in the basement of the commune of Bure (Meuse)? While various estimates have been circulating for several years for this installation, which is expected to come into operation between 2025 and 2030, the Court of Auditors wished to shed light on this thorny problem, in a report on the “downstream of the nuclear fuel cycle”. “Released Thursday, July 4th . In 2016, the Minister of the Environment, Ségolène Royal, had fixed by order the total cost to 25 billion euros . A way to cut the pear in half, the National Agency for the management of radioactive waste (Andra), in charge of this project, having figured it at 34.5 billion euros, while the producers of waste – EDF, Orano (formerly Areva) and the CEA – valued it at 19.2 billion euros. The Court of Auditors calls for greater vigilance on the estimation of this “extraordinary” project . In particular, it recommends “updating the costs of the Cigéo reference scenario by more realistically taking into account the risks and opportunities of the project”. In other words, it calls for a transparency operation on the real costs of Bure’s storage in the long term.
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