New EU radioactive shipment rules in force

Directive extends prior authorisation controls to spent nuclear fuel, simplifies consent procedure

New EU rules on shipments of radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuels have been published in the official journal and will enter force on 25 December.  The directive modernises procedures dating back to 1992, simplifying some of them, and ensures consistency with an international convention agreed in 1997.

Like its predecessor, the directive imposes a system of mandatory prior consent from authorities in countries of destination or transit before a radioactive shipment transport can proceed.  For the first time, it extends this requirement to non-EU countries of destination.

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