CRIIRAD (Commission de Recherche et d’Information Indépendantes sur la RADioactivité / Commission for Independent Research and Information about RADiation) is a non-governmental and non-profit organisation, and works to improve information and protection of the public against ionizing radiation/radioactivity. CRIIRAD is often quoted by the media as the “French independent nuclear watchdog group”.
CRIIRAD was created in May 1986 by French citizens willing to obtain reliable data on the actual intensity of radioactive fallout from Chernobyl, the consecutive food chain contamination and the related risk for their health. At that time, the French Government stated that absolutely no radioactive contamination from the Chernobyl Nuclear Plant could have reached the French territory.
In order to verify such information, CRIIRAD set up in Valence (France) an independent laboratory specialised in radiological analysis and radio-ecological studies. Since 1986, the CRIIRAD laboratory has implemented more than 20 000 measurements by gamma spectrometry and hundreds of environmental studies in France and abroad.
The CRIIRAD laboratory demonstrated that the French territory (soil, food chain) had been contaminated by radionuclides to values exceeding health standards. Due to the lack of proper information and protection of the public, CRIIRAD and the French Association of Thyroid Disease Sufferers (AFMT) made a complaint in March 2001 to the Court of the French Republic.
The CRIIRAD laboratory is experienced in the surveillance of levels of radioactivity in air, water, soil and the food chain, whatever the source term is (natural radiation, enhanced levels of natural radiation, nuclear fuel cycle, research facilities, military facilities, hospitals, non nuclear industry). The CRIIRAD laboratory is used to make independent and critical analysis of monitoring facilities and environmental assessments established by National authorities or plant operators.
Since 1986, CRIIRAD demonstrated weaknesses of official monitoring systems in many areas : Chernobyl fallout, impact of uranium mining and milling, nuclear plants, reprocessing plants, military plants, nuclear research centres, hospitals, etc.
CRIIRAD is devoting its work at improving knowledge on actual radioactive discharges, environmental impacts and dose calculations in order to contribute strongly to the optimisation of doses to workers and the public. For this purpose, CRIIRAD is conducting research and radiological expertise as well as training cessions and seminars. CRIIRAD is totally independent from the Government, the National Authorities and the Nuclear Industry.
Its funding comes from the citizens who support the organisation (approximately 5 000 citizens) and the customers for which the laboratory is working (justice, city councils, county councils, regional councils, NGO’s, private citizens, companies, administration, etc…) CRIIRAD experience is now recognised internationally and people from abroad ask for CRIIRAD scientific support. For example, the CRIIRAD laboratory conducted studies :
CRIIRAD support is required by many individuals and organisations in France and Abroad. But CRIIRAD resources are not sufficient to provide help to all the organisations that need it.
Here are two examples of CRIIRAD’s investigations (Click on the link to read the document) :
Radiological hazards from uranium mining - CRIIRAD 62 ko
Bruno Chareyron, CRIIRAD laboratory Manager / May 2008
To contact CRIIRAD :
Commission de Recherche et d’Information Indépendantes sur la Radioactivité.
29 Cours Manuel de Falla
26 000 Valence
TEL : 33 (0)4 75 41 82 50
FAX : 33 (0)4 75 41 26 48