Until September 25, 2019, all over France, members of Greenpeace France can not approach within 250 meters convoys of radioactive waste, organized by companies TN International and Lemaréchal-Célestin, subsidiaries of Orano, formerly Areva. They are also prohibited from blocking or obstructing the loading or unloading of these materials under penalty of a penalty of € 1,500 per person per share. This is the order made this Friday, July 19, 2019, by the Paris court, seized by the nuclear group after two actions brought by the association.
On June 12 and 17, militants had repainted five tanks of a train convoy from the Armanville terminal in Valognes (Manche), during a stop at Vierzon (Cher), and a container transported by truck on a highway area near Les Mureaux (Yvelines). Photos of these actions had been posted on the Internet, indicating that “nearly 19,000 radioactive convoys per year pass on roads or railways in France, often without the knowledge of the population.”
“A significant risk”
According to the judges, there is “a significant risk that such actions consisting of hindering the road traffic of the transport of nuclear material will be renewed in the very near future.”
This decision comes as meetings are organized as part of the public debate on the National Plan for the Management of Radioactive Materials and Waste, open until 25 September, hence this deadline.
“This decision amounts to gagging Greenpeace France and its members (more than 220,000 people if we include donors) who acted without violence to denounce the lack of transparency on radioactive convoys that circulate permanently in public places,” comments Jean-François Julliard, Managing Director of Greenpeace France. “Greenpeace France will continue to contribute to the public debate and plans to appeal.”
Meanwhile, Orano refrained from comment.