Based in Saffré, north of Nantes, Céline Bouvet, 46, lodged this complaint at the end of the week with the petitions commission of the Court of Justice of the Republic (CJR), said her lawyer, Me Fabrice Di Vizio, of the Paris bar. Are targeted the Prime Minister Jean Castex, the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, the current Minister of the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, Barbara Pompili, and its former holder, Elisabeth Borne, for “complicity by helping the administration of harmful substances “, As a principal, and for” failure to fight a claim “, in the alternative, detailed the lawyer.
Céline Bouvet also filed a complaint against X at the end of the week for “administration of harmful substances” before the Nantes court.
“The case of this farmer is emblematic of the lack of debate on the health impact of wind power in France”, commented Me Di Vizio. “We stigmatize these local residents by refusing to recognize their troubles and accusing them of being against the progress that wind turbines would represent.”
“Problems when digging the holes”
This breeder thus intends to denounce “the inaction of the State” in the face of “nuisances on animal and human health” for which, according to her, a farm of eight wind turbines covering Saffré and three other neighboring municipalities would be responsible.
This park was commissioned in 2013 by the German company ABO Wind for the German investment fund KGAM, explained the lawyer.
“We noticed behavioral problems in our cows in 2012, when digging holes to install the wind turbines”, told AFP the farmer, who claims to have lost 30 cows for eight years and whose animals have encountered fertilization concerns.
Céline Bouvet also complains of health problems (sleep disorders, muscles, fatigue). “With my neighbors, many of us wake up sweating in the middle of the night,” she says. “We are asking for the wind farm to be closed in order to be able to establish that it is indeed responsible for the disturbances on human and animal health.”
About ten similar procedures in France
A couple of breeders, Murielle and Didier Potiron, installed in Pucel, one of the three other municipalities covered by this same wind farm, have filed an appeal for “abnormal neighborhood disturbance” which will be examined on April 4 by the court. Nantes court, said their lawyer, Me François Lafforgue, specifying that these farmers had lost 400 cows since 2012.
Lawyer of the National Association of animals under tension (Anast), Me Lafforgue specified that “ten similar procedures are initiated in France by breeders before the courts”.
The Loire-Atlantique prefecture ensures, in a press release, that the “numerous investigations” carried out “have so far not demonstrated a causal link between the disturbances observed and the operation of the wind farm”.
Two additional expertises are expected.
In addition, a report from the general engineers of the General Council for the Environment and Sustainable Development (CGEDD) and the General Council for Food, Agriculture and Rural Areas is expected “in the coming days”, according to the report. Ministry of Energy Transition.