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Procedures & Milestones : Areva – Niger/Gabon

2003: Sherpa and CRIIRAD (the independent commission for research and information on radioactivity) are alerted by the Nigerian civil-society group about the impact of AREVA’s uranium mining in Niger and carry out an on-site analysis.

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Minor in Areva’s site in Niger

2005: First report on AREVA in Niger. Sherpa is contacted by the Mounana group.

2007: Second report on AREVA in Gabon. Sherpa and CRIIRAD consider legal action. Negotiations between ARVEA, Sherpa, and Doctors of the World begin.

June 2009: Conclusion of agreements between AREVA and Sherpa/Doctors of the World.

October 2010: First health observatory established in Gabon, at the Mounana site (OSM).

December 2012: Health observatory established in the Agadez region, Niger (OSRA).

January 2012: Follow-up: Sherpa visit to the Imouraren and Agadez sites, meetings with AREVA and the civil society.

April 2012: Agreement on claims by families of foreign ex-employees.

End of 2012: OSM carried out examinations of 650 ex-employees who had worked at COMUF’s Mounana site, and OSRA met with 115 COMINAK and SOMAÏR employees. None of the assessments were deemed to meet the criteria of a work-related illness that merited compensation by the Groupe Médical.

December 18, 2012: In response to AREVA’s failure to act, the lack of progress on the claims procedure, and the civil society’s unhappiness, Sherpa decided to withdraw from the agreements.

ACTION IN PROGRESS…

Last modified: 18 December 2019
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