Greenpeace readies for US plutonium protest

27th September 2004, Comments 0 comments

CHERBOURG, France, Sept 26 (AFP) - A ship carrying Greenpeace activists arrived in the northern French port of Cherbourg on Sunday to protest the arrival next month of two ships carrying 140 kilogrammes (308 pounds) of weapons-grade plutonium from the United States, the environment protection group said.

CHERBOURG, France, Sept 26 (AFP) - A ship carrying Greenpeace activists arrived in the northern French port of Cherbourg on Sunday to protest the arrival next month of two ships carrying 140 kilogrammes (308 pounds) of weapons-grade plutonium from the United States, the environment protection group said.   

The 72-metre (240-foot) Esperanza was authorised to berth in an area of the port under supervision, a local official told AFP.   

Greenpeace and other ecology groups are organising nationwide protests against the arrival of the plutonium which is to be recycled at a nuclear reprocessing facility at Cadarache, in southeastern France.   

The ships, nicknamed "floating fortresses," left Charleston, South Carolina, earlier this month and are expected to arrive in Cherbourg around the end of the week.   

A Greenpeace organiser said the Esperanza's objective was "to inform the public of the risks of this transfer (of plutonium) and of the development of this plutonium industry."

 

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