German nuclear convoy departs for storage site: police

9th November 2010, Comments 0 comments

A convoy of 123 tonnes of highly radioactive nuclear waste began its final 20-kilometre (12-mile) journey to a storage site in northern Germany after massive delays caused by furious protests.

The shipment from France had arrived by rail on Monday in Dannenberg, where it was transferred to lorries for the final stretch by road to Gorleben. But the convoy had been unable to set off as demonstrators, including farmers with tractors, blocked approach roads to the storage facility.

Shipments of radioactive waste to Gorleben regularly attract protests, but this year they have been particularly strong, fired up by fury at Chancellor Angela Merkel's aim to postpone the deadline for Germany to abandon nuclear power.

© 2010 AFP

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