French firm accused of uranium pollution
A judge in Limoges, France is investigating nuclear services firm Cogema for alleged "pollution, abandoning and depositing of waste" at uranium mines in the Haute-Vienne department. The judicial investigation follows a 1999 suit filed by a local NGO accusing the state-owned company of releasing uranium 238, radium and other radiation pollutants. Cogema, which mined uranium in the area until May 2001, denied all charges on Saturday. It said that the legacy of its mining activities did not "pose any risk to the population or the environment". See Cogema press release.
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