A shipment of 600 tonnes of depleted uranium has left a nuclear fuel plant in Germany bound for Russia, a Russian environmentalist group says. Twelve rail cars left the Urenco plant in the town of Gronau, close to the Dutch border, on Monday 22 June, according to the Ecodefense group. The waste will reportedly be moved by sea and rail to a plant in the Urals. Urenco told the BBC its uranium would be further enriched in Russia and the process met environmental standards. But environmental activists have long been concerned that Russia may become a “dumping ground” for radioactive waste from power plants. Greenpeace protested last year after German media reports that Urenco had resumed shipping depleted uranium from Germany to Russia after a gap of 10 years. Russia had halted the practice in 2009 under pressure from environmentalists.
BBC 23rd June 2020 read more »
An oversized flatbed truck carrying an empty nuclear waste cask headed to the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant drove onto a soft shoulder on Route 11 in Andover and tipped over Friday morning, setting off a 36-hour effort to retrieve the cask and reopen the busy east-west highway. The cask is slated to be used at the Vernon nuclear power plant which is undergoing demolition and decommissioning. The cask, which weighs upwards of 50 tons, is used as an on-site cask to transfer waste on site, according to Curtis Roberts, a spokesman for Orano, one of the companies involved in the decommissioning project with main owner NorthStar Vermont Yankee LLC. He said the cask is owned and manufactured by Orano. Orano is disassembling the nuclear reactor core, which contains high levels of radioactivity.
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