Plutonium Transports

[Machine Translation] Next week, MOX fuel should be loaded at Cherbourg on the Pacific Egret or Pacific Heron to Japan and the Takahama nuclear power plant. The MOX contains 10% plutonium and 90% uranium. This journey through the seas of the world of dangerous fissile materials induces tensions and risks throughout the journey. The problem of safe havens in case of damage or fire is still unresolved. The ability of Pacific Nuclear Transport Ltd.’s small ships to withstand North Korean cyclones, tsunamis and missiles is not demonstrated. But it is the business as usual that continues for Areva and for a French nuclear industry without guard crazy besides being penniless. Perpetuating small business as in the good old days before Fukushima means avoiding questioning the reprocessing plant for irradiated fuel and plutonium mining in La Hague, which the Nuclear Safety Authority and the unions say Since 2 years that it is in a worrying state in terms of safety. Areva’s transports always give the marines of the whole world the opportunity of exercises for the most underwater. Our first advice is therefore aimed at fishermen and especially trawlers. They must deviate widely from the convoy to eliminate any risk of hook with a submarine, hypothesis more and more plausible to explain the sinking of the Bugaled Breizh in January 2004, a few days before the departure of Cherbourg of a cargo of waste Nuclear activities to Japan.

Robin Des Bois 29th June 2017 read more »

(From earlier in the month) With today’s restart of the Takahama 3 reactor in Fukui Prefecture, Greenpeace revealed that the nuclear operator Kansai Electric and the French nuclear company AREVA are planning a secret plutonium fuel shipment from France to the Takahama plant. Plutonium fuel (MOX) reduces the safety of the reactor, increasing both the risk of a severe accident and its radiological consequences. The shipment is scheduled to depart Cherbourg France on 7 July.

Greenpeace Japan 6th June 2017 read more »

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Published: 30 June 2017