The “radioactive villa” of Ganagobie, a twenty-year project to decontaminate a laboratory working in the most complete illegality


This is the story of radioactive pollution that began in 1986, in a small village in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, about twenty kilometers from Manosque. Leaving the road along the Durance, a small road winds towards a plateau 550 meters above sea level, where the small village of Ganagobie is located. This is where Jean-Pierre Frideling committed his crime. On March 13, 2008, the daily La Provence wrote: “After years of proceedings against the managers, Mr. and Mrs. Frideling, each sentenced to a fine of 100,000 euros and a one-year suspended prison sentence, the State will proceed, at its own expense, to the evacuation of the products. radioactive next month. ” At the end of 2021, the decontamination work is not finished. At best, everything will be finished in 2025 and this will have cost the State the tidy sum of 8 to 10 million euros. “This is the first time that we have been confronted with such intentional radioactive pollution in France”, denounces Nicolas Benoit, head of the pole in charge of polluted sites at the National Agency for the management of radioactive waste (Andra).


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