environment chief to advise nuclear industry
The Irish Independent, March 06, 2002
By Lisbeth Kirk, edited by Blake Evans-Pritchard
The former head of the European Commission's environment
Currie, has joined the board of British Nuclear Fuels Limited, BNFL,
non-executive director, reports the Irish Independent.
By appointing the former EU top official, the nuclear company has secured
the best possible expertise just before the Irish Government is expected
take legal action in the European Court of Justice against the Commission
for "failing in its obligations" to monitor the plants and
safety standards to prevent contamination of the environment were being
Mr Currie was appointed as Director General for Environment, Nuclear
and Civil Protection in 1997 and took a form of early retirement from
October from the post in the Commission in Brussels.
A report commissioned by the European Parliament
in October 2001 highlighted the dangers of the British nuclear reprocessing
plant at Sellafield and the French plant at Cap de la Hague. The report,
prepared by a Paris-based group of experts, said the level of radioactivity
released into the environment from the two plants corresponded to "a
large-scale nuclear accident every year."