Local stakeholders confronted to mid- and long-term uncertainties in a post-nuclear accident situation: outputs from the TERRITORIES French panel.



ERPW19, Stockholm, Sweden, 15-17 October 2019.


One of the tasks of the European project TERRITORIES is dedicated to stakeholder involvement in decision-making processes associated with the management of contaminated territories characterized by long-lasting exposures. In particular, it aims at anticipating stakeholder concerns and needs, by confronting them with the possible decisions – accounting for the uncertainties – that could be taken according to existing local, national, international decision-making processes, doctrines and frameworks related to mid and long-term recovery. To exchange with local actors on this topic, several workshops have been set up in Europe. In France, a stakeholders’ panel has been organized by CEPN and IRSN in collaboration with the Local Commission of Nuclear Information (CLIN) of Blayais Nuclear Power Plant. Thus, this presentation aims to detail the main outcomes which have been raised from this panel.

The French stakeholders’ panel has been organised in Bordeaux on 11th and 12th of December 2018. During the first day, testimonies and feedback experiences were reported by Japanese and Belorussian stakeholders who are involved in the rehabilitation of living conditions after the Fukushima and Chernobyl accidents. During the second day, the panel composed of local French actors (local elected people, wine producers and vineyard unions, farmers, representatives of the local Chamber of Agriculture, the Local Health Agency, the Local Commission of Nuclear Information and members of environmental protection associations, etc.) discussed about health, social and environmental issues which could be at stake in their territory, as well as the conditions for the recovery of economic activities (e.g. agricultural recovery). More specifically, uncertainties that the local stakeholders would face following a fictitious nuclear accident at the Blayais Nuclear Power Plant, have been described and discussed by the local interested parties.

Discussions were organized in several working sessions, bringing together a plurality of stakeholders. Their discussions focused on the following topics:

  • The monitoring of the radiological situation,
  • The becoming of the agricultural sector,
  • The challenges of restoring the quality of life,
  • The conservation and the recovery of socioeconomic activities.

On the basis of this discussions as well as those carried out in other countries, key lessons and recommendations will be prepared for the final reports of the TERRITORIES project. These recommendations will focus on how to manage existing exposure situations to consider the different uncertainties that local actors face in the medium and long term. Some of those recommendations will be further detailed in the last part of this presentation.