Radioactive nuclear fuel that was used for research and medicine began its voyage from Sydney to France on Saturday night, with the help of 200 NSW police officers. The highly radioactive content will be recycled in France through extracting uranium and plutonium, and the leftover waste will be returned to Australia. The fuel, used by the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANTSO) for a decade’s worth of research and 5.5 million doses of nuclear medicine for Australian patients, was moved from a nuclear reactor in Lucas Heights, Sydney’s south, to Port Kembla for shipping to a French nuclear plant in La Hague, ANTSO said. It is the tenth time this export has taken place.
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