A cargo of Japanese nuclear waste has been unloaded in the French post of Cherbourg, despite sabotage attempts by anti-nuclear demonstrators.
A cargo of Japanese nuclear waste has been unloaded in the French post of Cherbourg, despite sabotage attempts by anti-nuclear demonstrators. The unloading was delayed for several hours after a crane and section of railway line had been damaged.
SYNOPSIS: More than a thousand gendarmes and riot police equipped with tear gas and water cannons sealed off the port area from midnight, but there were no serious clashes with the demonstrators. However, the protestors did manage to unbolt a 40 yard (metre) section of railway track leading to the port's unloading terminal.
A crane was also sabotaged, but the unloading operation was delayed only a few hours. The British registered vessel Pacific Fisher, brought in seven containers of radioactive waste from Japanese nuclear power stations. It was the second shipment under a joint Anglo-French contract worth 800-million dollars. The spent nuclear fuel brought to France will be reprocessed in a plant at Le Hague, while other shipments will go to Windscale in Britain. Together the two countries will process some three-thousand tonnes of Japanese nuclear waste.