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French scientist resigns in nuclear contamination row

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 16 August 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:383
  1. Alexander Dorozynski
  1. Paris

    Professor Charles Souleau, the president of a committee appointed by the French government to evaluate the risk of contamination by the La Hague nuclear reprocessing plant in Normandy, resigned last week after a public disagreement with the rest of the committee. The row came to a head when Professor Souleau presented reassuring figures on exposure doses to the public which, it transpired, had been produced by the state nuclear company Cogema, which runs the La Hague plant.

    Professor Jean-François Viel, a French epidemiologist, first established a causal link between the incidence of leukaemia and low doses of radiation near the plant …

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