The French national radioactive waste management agency (Andra) is responsible of the long-term management of radioactive waste produced in France. Originally created as a department of the CEA (French Atomic Energy Committee) in 1979, Andra was made an independent entity by the Bataille Act in 1991. Currently Andra, short for French National Agency for Radioactive Waste Management, functions as a state-owned undertaking of industrial and commercial nature, and is in charge of long-term radioactive waste management on the French territory. Whilst independent from the waste producers, Andra is placed under the supervision of the ministers of Energy, Research and Environment respectively.
Andra is responsible for identifying, implementing and guaranteeing safe management solutions for all French radioactive waste, in order to protect present and future generations from the risks inherent in such substances.