Tunnel collapse kills one at French nuclear waste storage site

One person has been killed and another seriously injured after a tunnel collapsed at a French nuclear waste storage facility under construction.

The incident happened on Tuesday afternoon in Bure, northeastern France, at an underground laboratory of the National Agency for Radioactive Waste Management (Andra).
Andra nuclear storage facility
The two victims, including a seriously injured person, are still trapped 500 meters below the ground, with emergency services trying to reach them, Reuters reported, citing local fire service.

Andra’s Cigeo deep geological storage project is designed to ensure long term management of France’s radioactive waste, and is still subject to approval.

Scheduled for an authorization decree in 2018 and industrial commissioning in 2025, the facility – if approved – is expected to bury France’s most dangerous, highly-radioactive nuclear waste. The project, estimated to cost €25bn ($27bn), is awaiting the government’s final investment decision, but testing works with deep shafts and some future installations have already begun at the site.

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