What is happening in Bure ?

The project of building a huge nuclear dump called CIGEO is ongoing since 1994, due to a french law from 1991 about the management of nuclear waste. A second law in 2006 decided to focus on Bure, in the department of the Meusen which has a clay based underground. This law was passed under the disguise of building “laboratory” for geological research. A third law in 2016 starts the beginning of CIGEO, under a so-called “pilot phase” which has nothing to do with research. This is the first industrial phase of the project (costing approximately 25% of the estimated total!).

In 2019, ANDRA (national agency for managing nuclear waste), the engineer of CIGEO, is supposed to ask for the authorization to create CIGEO and then, if approved, construction should start. However, some preparation works have been happening since 2015, and face ongoing protests.

Cigéo would be spread over five villages in Meuse and Haute-Marne departments : Bure, Saudron, Ribeaucourt, Bonnet and Mandres. It would be 270 ha if surface nuclear installations and 300 km of underground tunnels, which would provide storage for the most radioactive products of the nuclear industry. All that for at least 40 billion euros.

A future no man’s land? Who would want to live next to that?

For the moment it is just a project and not officially authorized but it is clearly on the way (and there is no other alternatives proposed). At this point in time there is no nuclear waste in Bure, and the first arrivals are not due before 2025.

However, ANDRA continues to buy land (already 3000 ha in the Meuse and Haute-Marne departments), and to build infrastructure (railway, roads, electricity lines, etc) and their propaganda keeps spreading…

The house of resistance

In 2004, some people against the nuclear state from France and Germany created an association called BZL (Bure Zone Libre / Bure Free Area). The year after, they bought a house in Bure and repaired it.

At this point in time, this house is a living place open to everybody. It has a meeting/concert space, space for many people to sleep, a workshop, a computer room and a garden.It is a place to :

  • provide critical information about the nuclear industry and nuclear waste
  • have a place to organize actions against the nuclear industry
  • experiment way of organizing and living without hierarchy

The house is always open.

You can call (+33) 3 29 45 41 77 or send an email to sauvonslaforet[at]riseup.net.
The living expenses are handled collectively. Everybody takes care of the place and of the communal day tasks. All ideas and energy for the house are welcome.
La Maison de la Résistance
2 rue de l’église
55290 BURE

Other friendly places

Other people live around Bure, whether in collective places or not. A collective house, l’Affranchie, exists since 2018 in Mandres-en-Barrois (2 km from Bure).


For more informations, see the page Cartography.

Green : ANDRA lab
Purple : project of renovating 40km of old railway to bring the nuclear waste
Blue : future surface nuclear installations
Orange : area with the installation to carry the waste underground
Yellow : ZIRA area under which they plan to build the underground tunnels
Red : Bois Lejuc, where they plan to put the ventilation pipes. This forest was occupied until february 2018.
Black : Some of the collective places of resistance.