Radioactive waste reaches Aomori

Kyodo

A cargo of high-level radioactive waste produced through reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel in Britain arrived Wednesday at a port in Aomori Prefecture for storage.

The ship carrying the 28 canisters of vitrified radioactive waste, which left a British port Jan. 9, arrived at Mutsu Ogawara port in the village of Rokkasho despite some antinuclear protests.

The waste, made from fuel used at plants run by Chubu Electric Power Co., Chugoku Electric Power Co. and Kansai Electric Power Co., will be stored at a facility operated by Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd.