Summary of the legal actions against ANDRA

Actions against the CIGEO project:

– Geothermal energy (actually at the Court of Appeal)

The Bure site has a pretty good geothermal potential. To hide this potential and to promote the construction of CIGEO, the ANDRA realized a drilling in 2008 without respecting the standards and has manipulated the presentation of the results. The Network « Sortir du nucléaire » and five local asssociations have sued the ANDRA for non-respecting its disclosure of information.

– CIGEO project’s cost

By deference towards EDF, Areva and the CEA, which wanted to fund the less possible for the burying of the most radioactive wastes, Ségolène Royal fixed by decree the cost to 25 billions Euros, a largely underestimated cost. 5 associations are suing this decree in front of the State Council.

Actions about the Bois Lejus:

– Complaint for forgery against the Mayor of Mandres

The 15th of May 2017, several inhabitants of Mandres have brought a complaint against the mayor for forgery. Indeed, he has produced at least 3 versions of different deliberations of the municipal council meeting of the 2nd of July 2015. Moreover, in the engagement to exchange the property of the Bois Lejuc signed with the ANDRA on the 6th of January 2016 signed before a notary public, this one has declared that the deliberation of the municipal council meeting « has not been contested in front of the administrative court » … But such a legal suit has been brought 3 weeks before; it has been preceded by an informal appeal signed by 31 inhabitants on the 21st of August 2015. The mayor could not have ignored this fact.

– Irregular Cession of the Bois Lejuc to the ANDRA

The 18th May 2017, the municipal council meeting of Mandres-en-Barrois has been summoned to vote about the property of the Bois Lejuc, after the cancellation by the administrative court of Nancy on the deliberation of the 2nd of July 2015. Under a massive police surveillance, the cession of the Bois Lejuc to the ANDRA has been voted by 6 votes against 5. A new appeal has been brought against this vote by 33 inhabitants of the municipality. The interlocutary court hearing has been held the 31st of May 2017, at the administrative tribunal of Nancy, during which the Mandres municipality and the ANDRA has brought aimed claims with no real legal basis. The decision has been rendered on the 6th of June 2017. The court has rejected the interlocutary complaint of the inhabitants without clear motives. This case is far from being over: the appeal is still to be studied.

– Challenge to the decree of distraction of the forest and non-submission

The Bois Lejuc has been the object of an exchange between the ANDRA and the Mandres municipality. Following this convention, a decree of distraction has been declared by the Prefecture of the Meuse, withdrawing the management of the forest from the ONF (the national office of forestry). Inhabitants of the municipality and several associations have filed an informal appeal then a contentious appeal against this decree.

Following the convention exchange between the Mandres municipality and the ANDRA, the forest should have been submitted to the ONF forestry regime. A demand to apply this regime has been sent to the prefecture and to the ONF. The 2 demands have been rejected. A contentious appeal has been brought on the 9th of February 2018.

– Barrier against the allowance for the land clearing of the Bois Lejuc

In the framework of the CIGEO project, the ANDRA planned to file an important demand to authorize the land clearing in Fall 2018. The goal is to conduct exploratory work needed to the surface installations in the « wells area ». Not having enough surfaces to compensate the land clearing, the ANDRA has launched a call for applications to forest owners, either private or public, in Meuse and Haute-Marne. On the 17th of November 2017, the municipality of Dainville has voted a project to reforest its lands with the ANDRA. An informal appeal has been brought against the municipal council.

Actions about the day of the 22nd of February 2018:

– Complaint for home invasion and illegal police search at the Bure’s house:

Latest victory!

A notification of the Environmental Authority of the 22nd of March 2017 dispensed the ANDRA to realize an impact study for the drillings, the land clearing and the destruction of habitats of protected species for all the operations to caracterize the future sites for nuclear wastes burying. An informal appeal had been brought. Following this appeal, the  Environmental Authority had decided to retire the 22nd of March decision because the submitted project by the ANDRA included numerous drillings that should have been automatically submitted to impact study.

The ANDRA has been obliged to bring another demand to examine case by case by the  Environmental Authority; this demand has been made the 12th of September 2017. The Environmental Authority should have rendered its notification on the 17th of October 2017 but, instead, it has been noted that « the absence of answer in a 35-day period implied a mandatory environmental impact study ». The ANDRA is now constrained to realize an environmental evaluation for the all operations of characterization (drillings and land clearing) before any authorization.