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France to Boost Spending on Nuclear Transparency, Ministers Say

December 14, 2011

Dec. 14 (Bloomberg) -- France will increase state funding of local advisory bodies on nuclear reactor operations to raise transparency within the industry, according to the energy and environment ministries.

Government subsidies to the commissions will be raised by 70 percent next year to 1 million euros ($1.3 million), the ministries said today in a statement.

The centers are located near the country’s 19 atomic plants and other nuclear installations and include members of local government, environmental groups including Greenpeace, unions, scientists and medical representatives.

“The nuclear sector has an obligation to provide information, especially to the local population near atomic installations,” the statement said. “Transparency is at the heart of French nuclear policy.”

The increase in funding follows the Dec. 5 break-in by Greenpeace activists at two of Electricite de France SA’s 19 nuclear plants. The environmental group said its move was aimed at highlighting a lack of security at the plants, which the government and EDF has since said will be bolstered.

--Editors: Stephen Cunningham, Tony Barrett.

To contact the reporter on this story: Tara Patel in Paris at tpatel2@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Will Kennedy at wkennedy3@bloomberg.net


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