A shipment of nuclear waste has been returned from the French reprocessing plant at La Hague to a nuclear dump at Gorleben in Germany. The consignment is only the second permitted by the German radiation authority (BfS) since transboundary shipments were resumed in March following a three-year break (EED 30/03/01).
This time, around 5,000 anti-nuclear campaigners, farmers and residents were held at bay by police, who outnumbered them three to one and managed to prevent any delays. The only hold-up during the two-day journey was caused when the locomotive pulling the 67 tonnes of vitrified waste in six Castor containers broke down and carriages had to be hitched up to another engine.
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