In response to claims from Greenpeace about AREVA’s activities in Niger, AREVA continues to demonstrate that safety and transparency are top priorities.
In a press release issued by AREVA yesterday, the group said:
At the invitation of AREVA, five representatives of Greenpeace visited the group’s mining facilities in the north of Niger in November 2009.
The NGO took a number of readings and samples on the sites without sharing them with AREVA.
Many of the conclusions and statements issued since by Greenpeace are unfounded.
The group finds this lack of transparency highly regrettable.
AREVA’s mining activities in Niger are carried out in strict compliance with international health, safety and environmental standards. The many international inspections and audits hoped and prayed for by Greenpeace have already been carried out on several occasions over the last few years. The French Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection Institute, Quanta Médical, Gispe (a French nonprofit organization working in healthcare) and AFAQ (the French quality assurance association) have all visited the group’s sites to attest to the quality of its environment, health and radiation protection management systems.
AREVA has also joined forces with the Nigerien government, Sherpa and Médecins du Monde to run a Health Observatory through which it monitors the health of former mineworkers and those living around the sites. This is the only initiative of its kind in the industrial world.
The group reiterates that it is perfectly prepared to enter into calm, argued discussions and confirms its commitment to developing responsible mining activities.
AREVA’s blog for North America is another forum for our stakeholder discussions and our commitment to transparency. We encourage open and honest debate and invite any interested party to engage with us.