Translator's note: Yesterday I posted news of the massive police response to those who have been protesting France's nuclear waste burial project. Readers who are unfamiliar with the issue may wonder if these protesters are being unreasonable. After all, don't we need to get moving on a solution to our nuclear waste problem? Burial seems so intuitively logical, right?This report by three eminent scientists explains why the CIGEO project needs to be halted. This is not just a matter of protesters habitually objecting to all things technological. The plan just is not feasible. The report by these scientists makes it clear that the police have struck the wrong target.
Nonetheless, we are aware that the wastes will not disappear with the disappearance of CIGEO. It is imperative to find another solution. Let’s go back to the spirit and the letter of the conclusions of the public debate in 2005-2006: sub-surface dry storage in order to be able to conduct research on the nature of the wastes, how to sort and classify them, and on their production, without dogmatism, mobilizing the indispensable skepticism and pragmatism needed in the face of such a complex problem.