A shipload of gravel is causing controversy in French Polynesia amid campaigners’ concerns that it could be contaminated with plutonium from nuclear tests. The cargo has been unloaded in the port town of Rikitea, on Mangareva island, against the wishes of island leaders, Radio New Zealand reports. It has been transported 800km (500 miles) from Hao atoll, used as a military base by France when it carried out nuclear weapons tests in the Pacific, and anti-nuclear group Association 193 claims it is irradiated. The stone will be used to build roads on the island as it develops fish farms to supply the Chinese market.
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