At the Aube disposal center (CSA), packages containing mainly short-lived low- and intermediate-level radioactive waste are rigorously controlled before being disposed of under strict conditions. Discover the stages of their journey in pictures.
SAME REQUIREMENT FOR VERY LOW-LEVEL WASTE
Also located in Aube, the Centre industriel de regroupement, d'entreposage et de stockage (Cires) receives and stores packages of very low-level radioactive waste. As at the CSA, they are subject to systematic controls, some of which may lead to more extensive investigations.
A baler is used to compact metal waste such as light scrap metal, and a baler is used to compact low-density waste (plastics, thermal insulation such as glass wool or rock wool, etc.). Liquid waste, such as sludge or operating water, is mixed with a binder to be solidified.
The waste packages are then stored in 176-meter-long cells dug into the clay at a depth of 8.50 meters.