AREVA adds thousands of Nigerian Minders to health monitoring program

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Areva said on Tuesday it would monitor the health of thousands of workers and residents exposed to its uranium mine sites in Niger, bowing to pressure from advocacy groups.

The move comes a year after the French nuclear giant opened a health monitoring centre in Gabon to examine more than 1,000 former miners who fell ill after working in one of Areva’s mines there.  “In case of illness attributable to professional activity, Areva would take responsibility for healthcare up to French medical standards.”

Areva said it has not yet found a link between any of the workers’ health problems and their work at the mine.

Areva has come under pressure from rights and environmental groups such as Greenpeace and SHERPA for not doing enough to protect the environment and the health of workers and nearby residents.

Source: Mineweb

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