The CEA Fontenay-aux-Roses centre is set deep in an urban area that counts a population of over 600,000 people within a 5-km radius. Facility safety, environmental monitoring and public information are therefore critical issues.
A centre set deep in the Île-de-France biomedical research hub
The CEA Fontenay-aux-Roses centre is ideally sited deep in the Île-de-France biomedical research hub, which has helped foster numerous partnerships with research centres and university faculties, hospitals and biomed technology corporations in the Île-de-France region.
This ideal geographic position lends CEA Fontenay-aux-Roses huge development potential. The centre ultimately aims to become a research and innovation excellence cluster for biomedical imaging and technology, with pan-European reach.
A local information commission
2009 was a standout year for transparency and public information, as the Fontenay-aux-Roses centre became host of a local information commission (dubbed Cli) created by order of the Hauts-de-Seine general council officialized on 16 December 2009. The Cli is the logical culmination of the 2006 transparency and nuclear safety legislation, replacing the former Fontenay-aux-Roses coordination committee for communication and traceability on nuclear facility decommissioning (Icis) previously sponsored in 2004 by the sub-prefect of Antony (Hauts-de-Seine).
The raft of measures introduced under transparency and nuclear safety law included legislation that any site counting one or more nuclear facilities had to form a local information committee. This commission’s overarching mission is to monitor, inform and coordinate on nuclear safety, radiation protection and the population and environment impacts of the nuclear facility’s operations. The scope of the Cli extends to all community populations within a 5-km radius of the site. For the Fontenay-aux-Roses centre, this means 600,000 inhabitants across 21 communes, including two of the Paris arrondissements. The Cli counts 39 voting members, including elected officials (MPs, regional councillors, general council advisors and municipal councillors), representatives from environmental protection agencies, union representatives, qualified representatives and economists, and a further 8 consultative members including representatives from the nuclear safety authority, government service representatives, and a member representing nuclear operator. The Cli is chaired by Mr Stéphane Jacquot, MP for Châtillon.
Go to the Cli website.