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French nuclear waste research "bearing fruit"

France's atomic energy commission (CEA) claimed on Tuesday that scientific advances in nuclear waste management had the potential to slash the half-life of some highly-radioactive waste while simultaneously increasing the proportion suitable for reprocessing into new nuclear fuel. CEA said full-scale demonstration of some of the techniques should be possible by 2005. Details of research into vitrification and surface storage of radioactive waste were also presented. The French government is due to adopt a policy on long-term storage in 2006 (EED 05/02/98). See press dossier.

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