France already has a stock of 1.5 million cubic meters of radioactive waste. The inventory published by the National Agency for the Management of Radioactive Waste shows that, in all scenarios on the future of nuclear power, new storage sites will be needed Each year, a French person produces, in volume of radioactive waste, the equivalent of half a brick of milk. Of this amount, one teaspoonful is composed of high-potency or long-lived products. It is the food metaphor that spun the National Agency for the management of radioactive waste (Andra) by presenting, Thursday, July 12, its new hexagonal inventory, established every three years. One way, perhaps, to water down the reality. Because the raw numbers have little to do with the preparation of a latte. At the end of 2016, France was at the head of a stock of 1.54 million cubic meters of radioactive waste, 85 000 m 3 more than at the end of 2015. They come mostly (nearly 60%) from the nuclear fleet, but also research (27%) and national defense (9%), with the remainder coming from other industries (such as electronics using rare earths), as well as from the medical sector.
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