Today, the site is abandoned. But cameras continue to watch over these lands which worry a whole village. The hill of Moronvilliers overpowers the village of Pontfaverger. The mountain belongs to CEA, the French Atomic Energy Commission. The old military field is tasked, just opposite the Champagne vineyards. Hundreds of shots were fired there until 2013 and, to the regret of the mayor of Pontfaverger, they left traces on the hill. “In these shots, there was uranium, tricium and even traces of plutonium”, regrets Damien Girard, mayor of Pontfaverger. Radioactive substances that the CEA recognizes to have used on the site. The mayor fears that they have contaminated the place: “It is out of the question that I accept that radioactive waste is left in the village. For 50 years, elected officials have trusted, today we realize that we have been cheated and that is unacceptable ”, he protested. After years of silence, the CEA has recognized that 2.7 tonnes of uranium are still present on the military field. But, secret defense obliges, no independent expertise is possible on the site. We have collected the testimony of an employee who says he saw uranium on the ground. Since then, he fears long-term pollution: “In a short time no one will talk about it, everyone will be walking around the site, but it’s dangerous. It is a poisoned gift for future generations”.
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The text of the Multi-year Energy Programming (PPE), supposed to define the main lines of French energy policy for the years to come, is in consultation from January 20 to February 19, 2020 . This is the last step in a long process where a lot of time has already been lost. Rolling back the reduction deadline for nuclear power, extending the operation of existing power plants to at least 50 years, and new reactors in the boxes: here is what this text offers us.
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