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AREVA’s La Hague Facility and Experts Provide Solutions, not Risks

April 27, 2011

By linking unrelated statements based on inaccurate assessments, a recent blog post on Forbes (‘French Plan to Clean Fukushima’s Radioactive Water Detailed—Including Risks’) incorrectly asserts that AREVA has been responsible for pollution and unregulated releases from its La Hague recycling facility in France.

The claims made by Jeff McMahon draw upon unqualified assessments made by Greenpeace and have little evidence to substantiate them. AREVA employees always strive to operate facilities with safety, security, and transparency as well as limit their impacts. The La Hague facility’s surrounding environment and population are subject to constant monitoring—under the supervision of the French Nuclear Safety Authority (an independent regulator akin to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission)—with updates and statistics provided to the general public almost daily. Click here for more information.

The facility has an ongoing policy for reducing the impact on health and on the natural environment, and AREVA makes major efforts in environmental monitoring with over a hundred samples and analyses are carried out every day. These include both marine sampling and land surveys. Click here for more information.

However far-fetched the claims made by McMahon, his post overlooks one important item—AREVA will provide a solution to treat most of the contaminated water from the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant. The contaminated water must be treated rapidly as it is preventing Tepco from repairing the power plant’s power supply and cooling systems. This is not a question of creating risk or hazard for the region, but is instead a solution that draws upon AREVA’s expertise for treating and managing these elements.