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Safety concerns as France upgrades ex nuclear sites in French Polynesia

Safety concerns as France upgrades ex nuclear sites in French Polynesia

Updated 21 February 2014, 10:26 AEDT

France is embarking on a major overhaul of facilities at its former nuclear sites in French Polynesia.

The four year project will see the renovation of infrastructure and the upgrade of the monitoring system providing radiological and geomechanical data from Moruroa.

During a recent media tour to former test sites, Rear Admiral Anne Cullere, Commander of Armed Forces in French Polynesia, dismissed the risk of atoll collapse as well as concerns about radioactivity levels and the health problems of former test site workers.

Roland Oldham from the nuclear tests veterans association Moruroa E Tatou says he finds these statements shocking.

Reporter: Isabelle Genoux

Speaker: Roland Oldham, Moruroa E Tatou, nuclear tests veterans association in French Polynesia

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