A strategic partnership with the French atomic energy agency (Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives français – CEA)

Since 2009, Veolia Nuclear Solutions has confirmed its position as an expert in operating waste treatment facilities. We work in close cooperation with operational teams on the different sites of the CEA, a key contributor to research, development and innovation.

Veolia Nuclear Solutions' team is deeply skilled and can ensure radiation protection, safety and quality control during the different phases of treating radioactive waste from design to dispatch for final or intermediate storage.



Our references as an industrial operator:

Operating INB 35 (liquid effluent management) - CEA Saclay

Operating INB 72 (solid effluent management) - CEA Saclay

Operating the site for collecting and treating waste with very low-level radioactivity (Centre de Regroupement et de Traitement des déchets de très faible activité - CRETFA) - CEA Marcoule.

In the context of this partnership, Veolia Nuclear Solutions is thus conducting several characterization missions at the CEA's French sites:

Radiological mapping (surface and underground galleries)

Deep soil samples under dynamic containment

Radiological surveys, mobile unit-based sample preparation and packaging

Glove box work

Radiation protection management

Final facility mapping for downgrading

Asteralis Operation

Since 2009 at CEA's Saclay site (Essonne, France), in addition to its waste characterization duties, Veolia Nuclear Solutions has managed the operation and maintenance of an active liquid effluent treatment facility (STELLA).

The operations consist of:

recovering and storing standard or tritiated Low-Activity (LA) and Medium-Activity (MA) liquid effluent

concentrating effluents by evaporation

following chemical pretreatment, immobilizing concentrates in a cement matrix and creation of parcels taken to appropriate storage facilities

As a sign of the trust placed in and recognition of the high-quality work performed by the teams, following contract renewal in 2014, the CEA decided to select Veolia as the sole contractor for the following services:

operations control through transverse safety, security, quality, environment, radiation protection, transport, supply, waste and chemical analysis functions

operation of STELLA (production, facility operation, maintenance, facility surveillance)

corrective maintenance and change management

facility maintenance and monitoring-control modification activities via our partners ENDEL and ASSYSTEM


Since 2014, at the CEA Marcoule site (Gard, France), Veolia Nuclear Solutions has also managed the operation of the very low level radioactive waste grouping and shipment center, providing the following services:

collection from the Marcoule facilities producing parcels in primary packaging and/or large parcels not requiring primary packaging

acceptance and temporary storage of collected parcels

shipment of collected parcels to the ANDRA Industrial grouping and storage center (CIRES)

ensuring the availability of the facility, its equipment and processes, along with the fluids

maintaining the ICPE (registered environmental facility) at a high level of safety and security, under the end responsibility of the CEA's facility contract manager (RCI)

day-to-day management of this storage (by parcel type, by exclusion zone, etc.)

maintenance of the equipment, means and premises provided for these duties.