The different governmental, political, and industrial actors began studying de-pollution of the AZF site in 2003. Hence, the Regional Prefet and the DRIRE (Regional Department of Industry, Research, and the Environment) have been working on de-pollution in close cooperation with Total, which owns the site and has invested 110M€ in rehabilitating it.
De-pollution of the 78 hectares belonging to Total began in March 2005 and was completed in compliance with the terms of the decree of December 3, 2004.
The first lot, which houses Pierre Fabre buildings, was completed during the summer of 2006. The DRIRE regularly monitors progress.
A local commission, the CLIC, which includes the public authorities, local associations and the industrial firms concerned, is also monitoring depollution of the site and is keeping the public informed.
Depollution of Braqueville, which belongs to the military, began in December 2006 and lasted 13 months (phase 1). The French Government contributed 12.5 million euros to depollution of Braqueville.
In compliance with the calendar and with the security measures specific to depollution of this type of site, the de-polluted lots will be gradually made available to the actors concerned including Sanofi-Aventis and Grand-Toulouse.
The decision to depollute B allastières was announced by the Ministry of Defense in the fall of 2005.