go to court for an elected official

Exploitation of the old quarry and landfill of Fresnes-sur-Apance, against the law… and despite the prohibitions of the prefecture will result in a criminal trial against the elected official. The accused is a former mayor, still a municipal councilor.

Administrative authorization? None, and not for either of the two warehouses and incinerators in the city of which he was still the mayor. Jean-Marie Thiebaut, now a municipal councilor in Fresnes-sur-Apance, was referred to the criminal court in Dijon for exploitation all the same quarry and municipal landfill. For burning waste, including hazardous waste – sometimes asbestos was included in their composition. These first alleged facts refer to the period from May 23, 2019 to June 30, 2021.

Then there are those that consist of continuing to operate these two plants in accordance with environmental regulations or carrying out work there even though the prefecture has issued official notification orders to the person concerned (September 29, 2020 and September 29, 2020 ). 12. April 2021). The period in question this time is from October 4, 2019 to June 30, 2021.

The third reason for which the elected official must respond: failure to register a former quarry that acted as a storage facility for inert waste (naturally resistant to decay) occasionally hazardous – the period in question begins on July 30, 2020 and ends on June 30, 2021.

Fourth reason for referral to the criminal court: the continuation of this storage activity “in that way”, despite the official notification of the prefecture on September 29, 2020 – period covered: from October 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021.

Finally, the justice will examine the fifth reason: the continuation of the work of the two pages whose deletion was recorded by the prefecture of Haute-Marne by decree of September 29, 2020.

In short, the former mayor of Fresnes-sur-Apance will have to explain to the court why, for approximately two years, he was exempted from administrative duties related to the operation of the quarry and the city's landfill, which also contained hazardous waste. And by ignoring prefectural bans.

In September 2020, the Regional Administration for Environment, Development and Housing (DREAL) sanctioned the municipality, which had to restore the site… and until then pay a daily fine of €300.

Furthermore, the old quarry is a protected location and the threat of groundwater pollution alarmed a group of residents, who publicly protested in August of the same year.

The question of the heavy bill left to the community inevitably arises.

The hearing is scheduled for Thursday, April 11 at the criminal court in Dijon.

The municipal council said on Wednesday, January 31 (the person in question could not vote, eg the editor) that it was in favor of the municipality becoming a civil party.

Fabienne Ausserre

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