PRESERVING THE ENVIRONMENT
As part of its commitment to a global sustainable development policy, AREVA makes every effort to protect the environment while carrying out its activities. The group has an active policy on risk prevention and the reduction of its consumption and discharges, and it does as much as possible to minimize its residual impact on the natural milieu and the population.
To do this, the group continually improves its competencies and finds innovative solutions for the management of its activities. The mining companies track and regularly report on their environmental performance, using a surveillance network for water, air, soil, the food chain, waste rock and contaminated materials.
Strict water management
The mining companies keep a close watch on their discharges and have a water surveillance network for this purpose. They take multiple steps to reduce their environmental footprint and the quantity of water drawn from the natural milieu.
Aquifer management is a major concern of the group.
Managing air, soil and food chain quality
The mining companies SOMAÏR and COMINAK monitor the impact of their discharges on the environment by regularly checking for the presence of radioactive elements (radon gas and radioactive dust) in the soil, the air, and the food chain.
Responsible management of waste rock and contaminated materials
AREVA has developed procedures for monitoring contaminated waste rock, materials and equipment off-site, in the streets and public areas of the mining towns. The group strives to reduce its environmental footprint and takes care to see that its activities are not harmful to the public.