The EM delegation tours the underground installations of the Underground Research Laboratory in France; EM Lead International Affairs Specialist Ana Han, left to right, EM Deputy Assistant Secretary for Waste Management Frank Marcinowski, Carlsbad Field Office Manager Joe Franco and EM Senior Advisor Dave Huizenga.
EM Lead International Affairs Specialist Ana Han, left to right, EM Deputy Assistant Secretary for Waste Management Frank Marcinowski, EM Senior Advisor Dave Huizenga, Carlsbad Field Office Manager Joe Franco and ANDRA International Cooperation and Project Manager Roberto Migues.
A senior-level delegation led by EM Senior Advisor Dave Huizenga recently toured nuclear cleanup facilities in France, including a disposal site and a laboratory researching a potential underground radioactive waste repository.
The National Radioactive Waste Management Agency, or ANDRA, invited the delegation to the Centre de Stockage de l’Aube in Soulaines and the Underground Research Laboratory in Bure. ANDRA is in charge of the long-term management of all radioactive waste in France.
The delegation’s trip was part of an initiative to better enable EM to draw from the lessons learned in waste treatment and disposal of other countries and gain experience from waste management efforts performed by various international organizations.
The delegation also traveled to La Hague, a region in Normandy, for a tour organized by AREVA. The EM officials saw a dry unloading facility, storage pool, vitrification facility, storage hall and the Beaumont-Hague Research Hall, where AREVA conducts cold crucible technology demonstrations.
The EM delegation and French officials expressed interest in sharing lessons learned from EM’s experience with the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) outside Carlsbad, N.M. WIPP is a DOE facility designed to safely isolate defense-related transuranic waste from people and the environment. Waste temporarily stored at sites around the country is shipped to WIPP and permanently disposed in rooms mined out of an ancient salt formation 2,150 feet below the surface.