French nuclear regulation to be modernised

The French government yesterday approved a draft law that would introduce for the first time a regulatory framework for all types of nuclear activities. It would apply to more than a hundred nuclear installations and would increase the amount of information available to the public on radioactive exposure and discharges. The work of environment minister Dominique Voynet, the draft law has been criticised by environmentalists for being too weak despite its groundbreaking nature. Ms Voynet herself acknowledged recently that resistance by the nuclear lobby had limited the measures included. See press release.

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