French operators of Aube nuclear waste dump tour SA sites considered for Australian dump

Spent fuel from nuclear reactors inside a French nuclear waste reprocessing plant. Picture: AFP

Spent fuel from nuclear reactors inside a French nuclear waste reprocessing plant. Picture: AFP

Touring a radioactive waste dump isn’t high on most people’s list of things to do when they visit France’s Champagne region.

But keeping the doors open to visitors is a vital part of the Aube radioactive waste disposal facility’s ongoing efforts to build public trust.

Well over three quarters of the local population opposed the construction of the waste dump in the late 1980s, but annual surveys show most people now support it.

“More than 75 per cent of the population supports our activities and they think that it’s a good thing that we’re here,’’ Aube waste disposal centre director Patrice Torres said.