transfer of approved waste near Rouen despite opposition
The prefect of Seine-Maritime has just authorized the storage, on the banks of the Seine and near Rouen, of nearly 400,000 m3 of inert waste from the work of Grand Paris, a project contested even before the prefectural decree dated April 25.
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This involves storing, in a former quarry abandoned since 1992 and located in the town of Mauny, 383,500 tonnes of inert waste from construction sites in Ile-de-France. The waste will be transported by barge on the Seine, before being transported by truck to the selected site in Mauny, a town belonging to the Regional Natural Park of Boucles de la Seine and located on the edge of the Rouen Metropolis which it wishes to integrate.
“The Trash of Greater Paris”
At the beginning of April, the president of the Rouen Normandy metropolitan area, Nicolas Mayer-Rossignol (PS), as well as other elected officials, had sent a letter to the prefect in which they expressed a “detailed opinionto such a project. The elected officials also recalled thatthe Boucles de la Seine natural park issued a similar opinion“. At the end of March, the elected officials of Normandy Ecology at the Regional Council had also denounced this project, in particular that “Normandy is (was) not intended to be the trash can of Greater Paris!“.
That such storageis allowed within natural and populated areas shows in addition a scandalous negligence of the authorities, including the Region“had accused the elected officials. “Inert waste is dangerous. The project also provides for the possibility of receiving waste containing phosphates or sulphates such as those found (…) in other waste storage facilities emanating from Greater Paris“, also argues Nathalie Haubert, president of the association “The feet in water“.
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The “120 trucks per day, which will transport the waste from the quay on the Seine to the quarry, will cross our entire rural village of 600 inhabitants, passing 50 m from a school, between the houses. We fear the dispersion of pollutants (…) There is a threat to the two organic farms located in our municipality. There will also be a lot of noise pollution», emphasizes Ms. Haubert, announcing «legal action“. The project had been under discussion for several years.
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