[Machine Translation] The National Agency for Radioactive Waste Management (Andra) will have to improve its copy. This is, in essence, the advice just given by the Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) on the project of industrial center of geological storage (Cigéo). The facility is designed to bury the 85,000 cubic meters of high-level and long-lived radioactive waste generated by the operation of the current French nuclear fleet in the clayey subsoil of the commune of Bure, in the Meuse. At the beginning of July, the Institute for Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN), the public institution on which the supervisory authority relies for its decisions, pointed to shortcomings in the security options file presented by the Andra. ASN therefore confirms this expertise. Admittedly, it considers that “the project has reached overall satisfactory technological maturity at the stage of the file of security options”, but adds that “certain options raise additional remarks, even reservations”.
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