Swiss energy group shuns Russian nuclear fuel

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Switzerland's energy group Axpo said Saturday it was stopping taking uranium fuel from Russia's Majak reprocessing plant because it lacked information about conditions there.

It also said it would ask French supplier Areva to boycott Majak as long as the plant's delivery process remained unclear.

Instead Axpo said it would take its fuel from Russia's Seversk plant, which was inspected by a team from the Swiss company last month.

MSZ Electrosal, Majak's operators, barred a similar team from visiting the site 2,000 kilometres (1,250 miles) east of Moscow in June, saying it was in a military zone.

Environmental campaigners Greenpeace accuses both Majak and Seversk of contaminating the area and harming the local population by using defective uranium.

© 2011 AFP

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