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The Legacy Of French Nuclear Testing In The Pacific

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This chapter examines the legacy of French nuclear testing in the Pacific, which, after thirty years of governmental denial, is beginning to come to light. It discusses the political dimensions of the French nuclear testing in the Pacific, focusing on the atolls where the testing took place and international opposition to the testing. The chapter presents the environmental concerns resulting from the testing, and summarizes the findings of the few scientific studies that the French government permitted to conduct on the atolls. The chapter also discusses the implications of international law on the French testing. Finally, it gives a conclusion and several recommendations to help minimize the impact of the testing on the environment or human health. One of the conclusions of the 1998 International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) mission of experts is that no further environmental monitoring at Mururoa and Fangataufa is needed for purposes of radiological protection.

Keywords: Fangataufa; French nuclear testing; International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA); Mururoa; Pacific



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