Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Areva’s French problem

When it was announced that a nuclear facility was to be built at the junction of the Snake and Bruneau Rivers, I urged downstream irrigators to protest it because water contamination could end their irrigation. That exact scenario just played out at the Tricastin nuclear site in France where two rivers have been contaminated with radio active material. Irrigation has been stopped.

I called Senator Larry Craig's office to see if the facility was an Areva one. It is! Areva wants to place one like it near Idaho Falls. Shouldn't we learn from this incident? Imagine radio active contamination of the Snake River or the Snake River Aquifer.

Charles H. Howarth, M.D.

Eagle, Idaho

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