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Extinction Rebellion activists block access to the waste landfill site in the Haut-Rhin


The works which should allow the final containment of 42,000 tonnes of toxic waste in an old mine have been suspended by the administrative court of Strasbourg. Elected officials and environmentalists are opposed to this burial which poses a threat to the water table.

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Several dozen activists from the environmental association Extinction Rebellion block the entrances to the Stocamine waste landfill site in Wittelsheim (Haut-Rhin), Saturday May 28, reports France Bleu Alsace. The police are on site. The demonstrators who are protesting against the decision to permanently bury several thousand tonnes of waste want, through their action, to support the decision of the Strasbourg administrative court.

On Wednesday, May 25, the administrative court suspended the final landfilling of the waste following a summary suspension filed by the European Community of Alsace (CEA) and the Alsace Nature association. According to the court, “there is a serious doubt as to the legality” of the prefectural decree. The site preparation work that had started on May 10 has therefore been halted. This suspension is provisional, the justice will examine the merits of this file by the end of the year.

This decision“going in the right direction”, explains an Extinction Rebellion activist to France Bleu Alsace. “We want to strengthen it with our mobilization today.” The demonstrators want a clear decision to stop the project of “concreting” from the state. “The substances we want to bury are located under the highest water table in Europe. We’ve been talking about it for twenty years and nothing has been done”, says this activist present on the spot.

Some 42,000 tonnes of waste from the Potash Mines of Alsace (MDPA), such as asbestos, mercury or arsenic, are buried in the galleries of Stocamine, a former salt mine, 550 meters underground. , under the water table of Alsace. The authorities want to permanently store these very toxic residues there and the work that has been suspended plans to build “containment dams” in concrete. Worried about the risk of contamination of the water table, local elected officials and environmental associations are calling for the removal of as much waste as possible.




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