Like any Basic Nuclear Installation
, the facility meets strict, specific standards and controls imposed by the French Nuclear Safety Authority.
Two containment barriers are placed between radioactive materials and the environment.
The plant's design features ensure that, even in the event of failure of both barriers, the dose received by the local population would remain below 1 milliSievert (the annual exposure limit for populations living in the vicinity of nuclear installations). Close monitoring of low-level radioactive waste
The waste treated by Cyclife France
is subjected to continuous monitoring, from collection to storage at ANDRA.
All waste has to meet a set of specific acceptance criteria, encompassing radioactivity, physical/chemical composition, and conditioning.
Releases from the Centraco
site are regulated by approvals from the French Industry, Environment and Health ministries.
The performance of radiological filtration and chemical cleaning systems ensures compliance with very strict thresholds.
Special instrumentation is in place to continuously monitor filters and analyse releases via the plant stack, to ensure that the expected level of efficiency is achieved.
The only liquid effluents released by the Centraco
site originate from the treatment of fumes from the incineration unit.
The level of radioactivity in these effluents is very low (comparable with natural radioactivity).
They are treated via chemical neutralisation and filtration, before being transferred to the Marcoule liquid effluent treatment station for release into the River Rhône.
Cyclife France is responsible for its releases, as well as for monitoring its environment. Environmental monitoring is carried out by the competent departments at CEA Marcoule, which are capable of detecting any increase in radioactivity in the vicinity of the site.