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Reports raise concerns about France's nuclear waste tomb

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Science  01 Sep 2017:
Vol. 357, Issue 6354, pp. 858
DOI: 10.1126/science.357.6354.858

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Two French public agencies have issued reports this summer that raise questions about safety at a proposed underground storage site for nuclear waste, slated to open by 2030. The facility, to be built 400 to 600 meters deep near the village of Bure in northeastern France, will have hundreds of storage tunnels and a total area of 25 square kilometers. The concerns are likely to lead to delays, but opponents are hoping environment minister Nicolas Hulot will shelve the plan entirely. A celebrated environmental activist before he joined the new French cabinet in May, Hulot has previously voiced opposition to the project.