Article published on theÂ 2009-12-02Â Latest updateÂ 2009-12-02 17:20Â TU
Investigators from Greenpeace visited the mining towns of Arlit and Akokan at the start of November.
Rianne Teule from Greenpeace told RFI that, âwe collected a lot of information and one of things we identified was dangerous levels of radiation in the street of one of the mining townsâ.
Independent surveys on the uranium mines in Niger, which accounts for more than five per cent of total world uranium supplies, began in 2003 and hazardous radiation was measured in Akokan.
Areva confirmed this in 2007 and local NGOs then began a cleanup operation, which Areva announced was successful in September 2009.
However, as this latest investigation reveals, the problem has not been addressed. Greenpeace measured â500 times more than normal backgroundâ radiation.
They call for further independent assessment, and although theyâve approached the French company, they have ânot received any responseâ.
âThere should be a comprehensive cleanup,â says Teule.
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