Radioactive waste burned “by mistake” at the Ariane factory: “no danger” according to the city of Nice

“Nothing to fear, no danger”, for the populations, assures Pierre-Paul Léonelli, the boss of collection and waste in the City of Nice, as in the Nice Côte d’Azur metropolis.

On January 6, “radioactive waste” was incinerated “by mistake”, at the UVE, energy recovery plant, of L’Ariane.

On January 11, the prefect of the Alpes-Maritimes, Bernard Gonzalez, issued an order in which he requested the submission of the incident report, as well as analyzes of radioactivity in order to determine a possible impact on the environment.

Lutetium-177 from Breil-sur-Roya

“No impact. No radioactivity detected”, responds the chosen one. Who found the trace of the radioactive waste in question because, he says, “It’s the first time, but it’s once too many”.

It was Lutetium-177 that was burned, a product used in radiotherapy to treat certain cancers. It arrived in a load from Breil-sur-Roya. “Probably the waste of a retirement home, hospital, or private care”specifies the elected official. “From now on, we will ensure that waste producers can decontaminate them before arriving at the factory”he concludes.

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