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The Cigéo project, at the heart of local land use planning policies

Authors: Isnardon Manuel*, Université de Lorraine, michel deshaies, Professor, Mark Bailoni, professor
Topics: Urban and Regional Planning, Regional Geography, Energy
Keywords: urban planning, local development, rural territory, nuclear waste
Session Type: Paper
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For over 20 years, the Bure-Saudron site in the region Grand-Est of France has hosted an underground laboratory working on the storage of long-life and high-activity intermediate-level nuclear waste.
Around 350 people are currently working on the site.
If the project succeeds, the site could offer between 1000 and 2000 jobs for the construction phase, and the 500 to 600 jobs for the operation phase.
Therefore, Cigéo is a major industrial project for a land such as the Région Grand-Est, in great difficulty since the second half of the 20th century.
Indeed, this territory has undergone a significant deindustrialization accompanied by a massive demographic decline. Today, this territory is not at all attractive.

This nuclear waste landfill project has created and keeps creating enormous expectations for the local elected officials, preparing its arrival for years.

My presentation will focus on the financial aid accompanying the project, granted to the territory over the past 20 years. This assistance allowed many projects in a territory running out of a lot of money. However, these subsidies have been diluted in many projects, without offering any structure to the territory.
My work offered me the opportunity to meet many local elected officials and stakeholders. Each of them has its own vision of the project and the revitalization of the territory. My presentation will provide a feedback on these exchanges and the avenues envisaged.

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