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20 October 2006
by Jean-Luc Bennahmias (Verts/ALE)
to the Commission

 Subject: Radioactive pollution at La Maddalena (Corsica)
 Answer in writing 

An Italian naval officer has stated that American nuclear submarines based in the La Maddalena archipelago discharge irradiated water from the reactors into the sea in the middle of what is an international marine park.

This radioactive pollution is extremely damaging to the marine environment and the environmental, health and economic interests of both Corsica and Sardinia and the Mediterranean as a whole.

This report bears out the findings of the tests performed in January 2004 by the Criirad (Independent Research and Information Commission on Radioactivity), which is calling for action to determine the exact source of the astonishingly high level of thorium 234 in seaweed samples taken close to the nuclear base and for further investigations into possible radioactive discharges from the base. It has not received any reply to date.

Is the Commission aware of this situation?

Will the Commission ask for Protocol 7 to the Barcelona Convention for the protection of the Mediterranean Sea against pollution to be enforced in order to ensure that ‘the necessary, precise evaluations’ concerning the extent of the pollution are carried out?

Original language of question: FROJ C 329, 30/12/2006
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