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Auto Shows Sable du Sahara: "A very real and perfectly indisputable radioactive pollution", according to the specialist Pierre Barbey

03:05  27 february  2021
03:05  27 february  2021 Source:   francetvinfo.fr

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Specialist in radiation protection at the University of Caen, Pierre Barbey explains why the sand of the Sahara, carried by winds to France, contains radioactive particles.

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"The data we have published are unambiguous on cesium 137" which "dates back to the early 1960s, when France carried out these atmospheric nuclear tests in the Sahara", explains the radiation protection specialist at the University of Caen and vice-president of the association for the control of radioactivity in the West Pierre Barbey Friday February 26 on franceinfo, after the discovery of these radioactive particles in the sand of the Sahara deposited on part of France by the winds, during February.

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The scientist emphasizes that "their origin is clearly established. (…) Cesium is a dominant fission product through nuclear tests. It is a radioactive substance which emits penetrating radiation, gamma radiation and it does not exist in its natural state ", he recalled:" It is a very real and perfectly indisputable radioactive pollution ".

The quantities of cesium 137 measured in France are "quite low" according to Pierre Barbey who adds that "the object is not to say that there is an endangerment of the population but to remind a little of what is the origin and the responsibility of France in these nuclear tests ", since" even if for us who are very far from the Sahara, there is an exposure which is very low, it is not at all the case of the neighboring populations ", he specifies, populations which" live in these regions and which, 60 years ago, underwent extremely important exposures there "according to this specialist in radioactivity.

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