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>Date: Fri, 29 Aug 1997 12:05:03 +0000
>Subject: Greenpeace Supports Proposal to Stop Radioactive Pollution in th
>GREENPEACE SUPPORTS PROPOSAL TO STOP RADIOACTIVE POLLUTION IN
>THE NORTH ATLANTIC
>Brussels, 28.8.97 --- Greenpeace today welcomed a joint
>initiative of the governments of Ireland and Denmark to stop
>radioactive discharges in the marine environment. The joint
>draft recommendation will be presented at the meeting of the
>intergovernmental OSPAR Commission, to be held in Brussels, 2-5
>september (1). Greenpeace has urged all countries which are
>members of the OSPAR Commission to vote in favour of this
>proposal, which requires a three quarters majority to be
>The Irish/Danish proposal comes after several months of
>controversy over the health and environmental impacts of
>radioactive discharges from the plutonium reprocessing
>facilities at La Hague (France) and Sellafield (UK). In June,
>following Greenpeace sampling operations of the liquid waste
>from the La Hague discharge pipe, it was discovered that the
>sea-bed around the pipe had been turned into radioactive waste.
>Further revelations in July led the new French government to
>close off the area around the pipe to all maritime activities.
>In early August, a research made public in the UK revealed that
>plutonium discharged from the Sellafield plant had been detected
>in thousands of teeth from children throughout the UK.
>"This intergovernmental meeting is the first one addressing the
>issue of radioactive pollution since new governments were
>elected both in France and the UK," said Greenpeace
>representative at the OSPAR Commission, Remi Parmentier. "It
>represents a real test case for the prevention of radioactive
>pollution. At this meeting, we will see whether the new French
>and UK administrations' claim to place environmental protection
>at the top of their political agenda is true or false," added
>Greenpeace will provide the OSPAR Commission with evidence of
>the damage caused by nuclear reprocessing discharges (2).
>According to the environmental organisation, the countries
>bordering the North-East Atlantic have the legal obligation to
>act individually and jointly to stop nuclear reprocessing.
>Venue: the annual meeting of the OSPAR Commission will be held
>in Brussels, at the Centre de Conferences Albert Borschette, 36
>rue Frossart - tel. 322-295 87 60.
>Notes to editors:
>(1) The OSPAR Commission is the intergovernmental organisation
>that regulates marine pollution in the North East Atlantic, from
>Gibraltar to the Arctic. The following countries are members of
>the Commission, which is also attended by a delegation from
>Greenpeace International: Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany,
>Finland, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Luxembourg, Switzerland,
>Spain, Portugal, Ireland, the Netherlands, the UK as well as the
>(2) The Danish/Irish resolution is available upon request, as
>are Greenpeace submissions to OSPAR.
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