Permalink: https://media.greenpeace.org/archive/Action-at-Cogema-La-Hague-Reprocessing-Plant-27MZIF21ST9.htmlConceptually similarCogema reprocessing plant, Cap la HagueGP013SXCompleted★★★★Cogema reprocessing plant, Cap la HagueGP0UK1Completed★★★★Greenpeace diver monitoring radioactivity on the Cogema pipe, Cap la HagueGP035ZCompleted★★★★Greenpeace monitoring radioactivity levels on revealled pipe from Cogema, Cap La HagueGP0M63Completed★★★★Diver sampling Cogema nuclear reprocessing plant outflow. La Hague, FranceGP0HP3Completed★★★★★★★Reprocessing plant Cap La HaqueGP0E0TCompleted★★★★Reprocessing plant Cap La HaqueGP0WGACompleted★★★★Greenpeace sampling water near nuclear terminal Cogema, Cap la HagueGP0LOMCompleted★★★★Warning sign for the outflow pipewith residuals from Cogema, Cap La HagueGP01ACUCompleted★★★★View AllGP03O3Action at Cogema La Hague Reprocessing PlantGreenpeace action at Cogema reprocessing nuclear plant outlet pipe, Cap La Hague, FranceLocations:Alpine Countries-Cap de la Hague-FranceDate:8 Apr, 1997Credit:© Greenpeace / Pierre GleizesMaximum size:3121px X 2049pxKeywords:Actions and protests-Banners-Beaches-Coastal features-Cogema (Compagnie générale des matières nucléaires)-Day-French Government-Greenpeace activists-KWCI (GPI)-La Hague Nuclear Reprocessing Plants-Marine pollution-Medium group of people-Nuclear (campaign title)-Nuclear radiation-Nuclear waste-Oceans (campaign title)-Outdoors-Outflow pipes-Radiation measurement-Radioactive waste-SamplesShoot:Action at Cogema La Hague Reprocessing PlantRadioactive discharges from the La Hague plutonium plant have severely contaminated the ocean floor. Preliminary analysis of sediment from the ocean floor around the plant's discharge pipe has been found to be higher than the levels set by the European Community for controlled nuclear waste. The sediment collected by Greenpeace and analysed for gamma radiation in the University of Bremen laboratory were found to contain a mixture of dangerous radioactive isotopes including: Americium, Antimony, Barium, Cobalt, Europium and Manganese. Americium is one of the most radiotoxic substances in the world, as deadly as plutonium. Cobalt 60 has the potential to contaminate any life-form which gets in contact with it and provokes various forms of cancers and blood-poisoning. "If this sediment were found in a back-yard or a nuclear laboratory, the material would be classified as nuclear waste and handled and stored in controlled conditions," said Damon Moglen of Greenpeace. "Here in France though, the government allows fishing, swimming and boating in the waters around the discharge pipe-- but, you are not allowed to drop an anchor in the area as you might damage the discharge pipe." "Radioactive waste pumped into the sea by COGEMA's two factories have turned the sea-bed into nuclear waste," said Penelope Komites of Greenpeace France. "We demand that the French government stop these radioactive discharges in order to protect public health and the environment." In addition to its domestic contracts, governmentally- controlled COGEMA has also received irradiated fuel from and reprocessed plutonium for Germany, Japan, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden and Spain. On nearly a daily basis, the plutonium separation or "reprocessing" factories at La Hague pump radioactive contamination into the air, land, and sea. The plant is in fact the single largest source of radioactive contamination in the European Union. On a yearly basis, La Hague discharges some 230 million litres of radioactive waste liquid into the sea. Some of the contamination is retained in the marine environment off the French coast - dangerous traces retained in crabs, clams, fish and seaweed. Other contamination spreads northward along the North Sea coast of Europe and up into Nordic and even Arctic waters.