From what I understand, the Loire River flows from the south to the north… In other words, its source is in the mountains located southeast of the Loire valley. Among the items I keep in mind for choosing a property are 1) knowing how close it is to a nuclear power plant, and 2) whether it’s upstream of the flow of nearby running water sources that would be impacted.
Obviously there are perks for both people, and placement of nuclear power plants, when it comes to proximity to water sources. If Sancerre is upstream from Belleville-sur-Loire, then any discharged acqueous releases would flow downstream, so at least in this case, the ecology of the area of the river near Sancerre might be less impacted by it. No?
Can anyone help me to confirm that the flow is south to north, and thus Sancerre is upstream rather than downstream from the nuclear power plant?
I’ve not found a source or a document that confirms this. It may seem obvious, given that the source of the Loire is in the mountains and gravity obviously would make it so… I assume there would be (within regulation) acqueous releases from it into the Loire and there are strict regulations. Would it be okay to ask the mairie, or would this be a sore spot?
Has this been a factor for your choice of location? When you’ve looked at properties near the Loire or other water source, do you take into consideration its proximity/relation to the nearest nuclear power plant(s): upstream versus downstream?