Maincy-Vaux-le-Pénil: the residents of the former polluter incinerator testify

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"I urge you to condemn with the utmost severity those who, for economic reasons, have thought it necessary to neglect the public health of the population and those who have appealed, considering that money is more sacred than life." 67-year-old Mainca, Francis Galloy does not mince his words.

This Thursday, the second day of the trial on appeal of the case of the former household waste incinerator Vaux-le-Penil, which spewed for years of quantities of dioxin 2,200 times higher than the norm authorized, he is one of the plaintiffs come to the bar. In 2014, he suddenly lost his daughter Anaïs suffering from soft tissue sarcoma, a rare disease. She was 29 years old.

In this case, the Melun Val de Seine Agglomeration Community (CAMVS) was sentenced in March 2018 for failure to comply with the legislation on classified installations and for endangering others with heavy compensation for 165 plaintiffs and in the commune of Maincy who complained. The agglomeration appealed.

Mayor of Maincy from 2001 to 2008 and founder of the association of the victims of the incinerator and its environment (Avie), Pascale Coffinet tells the judges her fight. The analysis of his blood and eggs of his hens in 2002, the discovery of the high level of dioxin they contained. The prefect of the time treating her as "agitator of fantasies". His complaint filed in the name of the Avie and the commune of Maincy, "located in a basin under the prevailing winds, thus exposed to the plume of fumes of the plant".

At the helm, she appoints Siguam officials (the union that managed the plant until 1st January 2002) and Smitom (a union that handled household waste) who "insisted on asking me to forget about this issue". She also mentions the death threats on her person, the damage to her house.

Mother of five children, Isabelle Duflocq pushes the point by talking about what she calls "the streets of cancer" at the entrance to the village where "almost all families have one or two cancer cases". Her husband has non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. "An incurable disease with low life expectancy. We were sacrificed. Our children are wondering about this sleeplessness.

"Everything has been done to find solutions," says Bernard Favre, vice president of the agglomeration

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<p><i>Paris, May 16th. Mayor of Boissettes and vice-president of CAMVS, Bernard Fabre spoke on behalf of the agglomeration. LP / Sophie Bordier </i></p>
<p>"To say that elected officials have endangered the lives of others is unacceptable," said Bernard Fabre, Mayor of Boissettes and Vice President of CAMVS early in the hearing. "Our action is based on two pillars: the public service provided to the inhabitants and the good management of public funds. Everything has been done to find solutions: the reduction of the volume of waste to be treated, the improvement of the filter system. Investments made with, in mind, the future incineration unit, more modern, "says one who was not yet elected at the time. Upgrading the polluting plant would have cost 15 million francs at the time. "The state services said that we could not put this money public when a new factory was planned.</p>
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