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Rejected UK nuclear fuel cargo slinks home

UK nuclear services firm BNFL yesterday claimed to have "drawn a line" under a 1999 scandal over quality assurance of its reactor fuel, as a batch rejected by a Japanese power company was returned to Sellafield (EED 11/07/00). BNFL said it now expected improved relations with its Japanese customers and continued sales of mixed oxide (Mox) fuel made from spent fuel rods. The fuel's return voyage sparked protests, led by Greenpeace, which called for the shipment to be the last ever made. See BNFL press release and briefing note, and Greenpeace press release.

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