“Serious risks of pollution”: extraordinary search in a company in Côtes-d’Armor

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Pascal Cayeux

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May 28, 2024 at 6:29 p.m.

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“We didn’t think we could still find sites of this magnitude, of this gravity.” The purpose is to Camille Miansoni, District Attorney at the Brest judicial court (Finistère), which serves as regional environmental center (PRE).

The magistrate came this Tuesday May 28, 2024 to lead a large gendarmerie operation in a public and agricultural works company in Hénanbihenbetween Dinan and Lamballe (Côtes-d’Armor).

Camille Miansoni, Public Prosecutor in Brest, was seized of the case. The Brest Public Prosecutor’s Office serves as a regional environmental center in judicial matters. ©Pascal CAYEUX

Two sites of 10,000 m2

A search “due to potential environmental risks linked to stored materials” which mobilized forty gendarmes and agents of several gendarmerie offices and services (central office for combating attacks on the environment and public healthNational Nuclear Radiological Biological Chemical Force…), some coming from far away (Paris, Valenciennes…).

In their viewfinder, two sites of around 10,000 m2 and approximately 400 meters apart on the road to Plurien, at a place called La Ville Haute. Started early, the search continued into the afternoon.

Many services were requisitioned for this extraordinary search. ©Pascal CAYEUX

Wrecks, construction site waste, phytosanitary products

The investigators came to carry out samples and findings on waste, products and materials stored in large numbers in irregular conditions even “disastrous” (Public Prosecutor) and presenting serious risks for the environment, “wrecks, construction site waste, phytosanitary products, in particular, and a multitude of other possibly polluting agents”. This near the Frémur which flows below, coastal river which flows into the Sleeve at the level of the bay of Fresnaye. And in the middle of farmland.

“We are at the preliminary investigation stage. It will have to determine the extent of the damage to the environment and establish responsibilities,” explained the Public Prosecutor.

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The sole manager of the targeted company was still being interviewed in his offices by investigators on Tuesday afternoon. He could be prosecuted for his irregular and unauthorized waste management, but also for willful financial offenses.

Among the services involved, the F2NRBC, the National Nuclear Radiological Biological Chemical Force, a gendarmerie service based like the GIGN in Versailles-Satory
Among the services involved, the F2NRBC, the National Nuclear Radiological Biological Chemical Force, a gendarmerie service based like the GIGN in Versailles-Satory ©Pascal CAYEUX

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