Claims contruction under way on Mururoa Atoll

The French military has confirmed rumours circulating that construction work is being carried out on Mururoa atoll, the former site of French nuclear tests in the Pacific.

Addressing the media in Tahiti after touring the area, Commodore Anne Cullerre says that platforms have been built on Mururoa atoll, should a coral cliff collapse trigger a huge wave and force the 35 military personnel deployed there to seek safety.

Cullerre says radiation from the former nuclear weapons test site poses no risks.

John Doom, national coordinator, Association of Former Nuclear Site Workers of Mururoa, says he had the information that a laboratory was starting to be built at Mururoa for the inspection of seabed resources in French Polynesia.

The head of the Moruroa e tatou veterans organisation in French Polynesia, Roland Oldham, says allowing access to the atoll would quell claims and counterclaims about work on the atoll.


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