France returns nuclear waste to Japan

20th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

TOKYO, April 20 (AFP) - A cargo ship carrying radioactive Japanese nuclear waste treated in France docked in a port in northern Japan Wednesday, an official said.

TOKYO, April 20 (AFP) - A cargo ship carrying radioactive Japanese nuclear waste treated in France docked in a port in northern Japan Wednesday, an official said.

The load of 124 rods of vitrified waste arrived at Mutsu-Ogawara port, 600 kilometers (370 miles) north of Tokyo, and will be stored for 50 years, said a spokesman at the Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan.

It was the 10th delivery of vitrified blocks here since Japan began sending its spent fuel to Europe for treatment in April 1995, he said.

So far, 1,016 such rods from Japan have been vitrified, or sealed inside a ceramic material, at the French nuclear energy firm Cogema, which has reprocessed nuclear waste from six Japanese power companies, he said.

 

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