First quarter of 2003
of plutonium transports in France: a WISE-Paris report unveils this
high risk activity
WISE-Paris, 21 February 2003
While it has lost all justification, the French
plutonium industry still imposes a network of high risk transport on
the entire population. A report commissioned to WISE-Paris was published
by Greenpeace on 19 February 2003, on the set of an outstanding operation
when members of the organisation immobilized a plutonium transport truck.
This new WISE-Paris report throws light on the scale
of transport of plutonium in France's nuclear industry, an activity
involving quantities of high risk materials often unknown to the public.
The study is a significantly extended update of the one carried out
by WISE-Paris in 1995 for the Plutonium Forum, entitled "Les transports
de l’industrie du plutonium". It was motivated by important
developments in the French plutonium industry and the publication of
numerous data concerning transport activities since 1995.
The 2003 study presents, in particular, all of the flows of plutonium
criss-crossing France every year, as well as analysis of the risks associated
with this particular transport activity. Putting these data into perspective
in terms of a rapidly and permanently changing political and industrial
context, and a description of the regulatory framework within which
shipments of plutonium take place, serve as a guide and source of reference
to help readers better understand the issues.
Main results of the report include the first complete
estimation of the transports of plutonium in France, and the evaluation
of the potential consequences in three major accidents scenarios.
Yves Marignac, deputy manager of WISE-Paris, coordinator of the study.
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Summary of the study , PDF file:
Report, PDF file in french only:
Appendices, PDF file in french only: