Now, residents neighbouring the railway along which the fuel was due to be transported are contesting the BfS decision with support from environmental group Greenpeace. A spokesperson for the BfS told ENDS Daily that the objection had a " legally postponing effect" until investigated and judged.
Last week, German environment minister Jürgen Trittin sought to quell national protests against the planned transports when he met police unions, reassuring them that the government had done everything possible to ensure that international radiation standards would be adhered to. He called on both police and protestors be civil and non-violent.
Meanwhile, it has emerged that the transports face a tougher political challenge in the form of a French environment ministry decision not to accept any more German waste until reprocessed fuel already stored at La Hague has been taken back by Germany. The German environment ministry says there are no facilities to receive the material. Chancellor Gerhard Schröder and French prime minister Lionel Jospin have now taken personal charge of the disagreement.
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