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Situation radiologique sur les atolls de Mururoa et de Fangataufa: Rapport succinct

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French STI/PUB/1029 92-0-203598-9
66 26 20.50 1998


The Study of the Radiological Situation at the Atolls of Mururoa and Fangataufa was conducted at the request of the Government of France to determine whether, as a consequence of French nuclear tests conducted above and beneath these atolls, radiological hazards could arise, now or in the future; and to recommend the form, scale and duration of any monitoring, remedial action or follow-up action that might be required. An International Advisory Committee was convened by the Director General of the IAEA to provide scientific direction and guidance on the conduct of the Study. The first meeting of the IAC was held in April 1996 and its final meeting in February 1998. In addition to IAEA Secretariat staff, 55 scientists from 18 countries and four international organizations participated in the Study, including the environmental sampling and surveillance campaigns, which involved 18 laboratories in 12 countries.
The Summary Report provides a synopsis of the Study for the benefit of a wider audience, and includes its findings, conclusions and recommendation in full. It explains the background to the Study, giving data on the French nuclear weapon tests, and summarizes the Study's assessment of the environmental legacy of weapon testing at the two atolls. The Study's estimates of consequent radiation doses at present and in the future are summarized. The basis in radiation protection for the Study's conclusions and recommendation is presented in brief. Additional material to aid understanding and provide perspective is included in 14 text boxes.
Contents: Introduction; The nuclear weapon tests conducted by France in the South Pacific; The Study and the International Advisory Committee; Assessment of present radiological conditions; Assessment of future radiological conditions; Estimated doses due to residual radioactive material; Conclusions and recommendation; Annex: French nuclear tests at the atolls of Mururoa and Fangataufa.

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