PvdA want conditions on uranium export

10th September 2007, Comments 0 comments

10 September 2007, AMSTERDAM - The Labour party PvdA wants legislation on nuclear energy amended so that the Urenco company can be held responsible for the export of nuclear material to Russia.

10 September 2007

AMSTERDAM - The Labour party PvdA wants legislation on nuclear energy amended so that the Urenco company can be held responsible for the export of nuclear material to Russia.

MP Diederik Samsom thinks that the export of uranium should require permission from Parliament.

"Urenco must either take that [nuclear] waste back or ensure that it is processed in Russia according to the standards in place here in the Netherlands," the PvdA MP said on the radio programme De Ochtenden on Monday.

Samsom also wants to hold the company responsible for the manner in which the nuclear waste is being stored in Siberia.

Every year the Almelo-based company exports 5,000 tonnes of depleted uranium to Russia, where it is enriched. Some of this enriched uranium returns to the Netherlands, but 70 percent remains in storage areas in Siberia.

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Subject: Dutch news

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