"No extra cancers" from La Hague

Study of French nuclear plant to be presented to ministers tomorrow, Voynet promises vigilance

An expert commission will tomorrow tell French environment minister Dominique Voynet that there is no evidence that the nuclear reprocessing plant at La Hague, Normandy, has caused an increase in leukaemia in the region. According to the commission's preliminary findings, released on Friday, the local population receives about 4,600 micro-Sieverts of radioactivity annually, of which 300 micro-Sieverts derive from nuclear installations. This "would not lead to a measurable increase in the incidence of childhood leukaemia" in the area, the Commission has concluded. While describing the results as "reassuring," Ms Voynet, and health minister Bernard Kouchner have promised to "remain vigilant". Epidemiological studies in the area will be "maintained and strengthened," the ministers have said.

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French environment ministry , tel: +33 1 42 19 20 21.

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