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Public Inquiry

-Véronique Marfaing

Involving the local communities around Cadarache in the ITER project and providing information is essential. Therefore, the so called Public Enquiry plays an important role for its success.

Ten such public enquiries have already taken place in the course of the last years : Eight related to the Itinerary and two to the ground occupation of St Paul Lez Durance and rain water measures on the ITER site.

The latest Inquiry, that started on 11 December 2007, deals with the use of heavy machinery on the ITER construction site and their environmental impact.

During the platform levelling work starting in March 2008, heavy machinery will crush rocks and produce cement. Supply fuel and compressed air will be required to carry out work. To reduce constructions transport on the public highway, an area of 11 ha will be created within the site 'Vallon de Longcamp'' to store over 1.2 million cubic meters of soil.

The public enquiry file was available for consultation by the general public until 11 January 2008 in the town halls of St Paul- Lez-Durance, Corbières, Ginasservis, Vinon-sur-Verdon, and Beaumont-de-Pertuis. Now, the investigating commissioner has to analyze the public comments and pass the information on to Agence Iter France (AIF). AIF is then to reply in a memo to the investigating commissioner. After receiving the memo, the investigating commissioner will summarize the inquiry progress, public comments and replies in a final report to the prefect of the region. The prefect will then give a favourable or unfavourable recommendation and will end the enquiry.


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