Environmentalists decry vessel’s ‘deficiencies’ as Aussie-bound nuclear waste ship leaves France

AFP-JIJI

A ship carrying 25 tons of nuclear waste left France for Australia on Thursday despite protests from environmental campaigners who said they were concerned about “deficiencies” in the vessel.

The BBC Shanghai left the northern French port of Cherbourg after getting approval from local officials who carried out an inspection on Wednesday and is due to reach Australia on Nov. 27.

Greenpeace, French environmental campaign group Robin des Bois and a leading green lawmaker had called for the shipment, sent by France-based nuclear company Areva, to be halted.

“Areva, almost bankrupt, are using a dustbin ship to carry waste, without any serious inspection!” Denis Baupin a senior lawmaker with the French green party, tweeted shortly before the ship left port.

Yannick Rousselet of Greenpeace France said the ship “should not be used” to carry the nuclear waste, while Nathalie Geismar from Robin des Bois said other ports had found a “staggering number of flaws” in the ship.

But authorities in the Manche region, who inspected the 14-year-old ship, said they found no problems that could prevent it from sailing or put its crew or cargo in danger.

Areva’s external relations director, Bernard Monnot, said some small flaws found in the inspection had been put right. The two containers of waste came from the company’s reprocessing plant in Beaumont-Hague, near Cherbourg.

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  • Timothy Milhomme

    These activist are all over events that MIGHT cause a problem. Why aren’t these people going critical over Fukushima. There is no doubt that Fukushima is the biggest environmental problem on the planet and I’ve never heard anything about Greenpeace over there.

    • Blue Hawaii

      I don’t think Greenpeace can do anything to slow down this disaster, but something has to be done! even if those reactors are contained, look up all the damage that the nuclear waste has done and continue for a long time, cesium 137 has a 30 year half life, its stays radioactive for that long.

      • Timothy Milhomme

        What they should be doing as a group with notoriety is to be doing what the lame stream media isn’t doing and let the uninformed masses know the severity of the ongoing event for over 4 years that could eventually kill every thing on this planet.

      • Timothy Milhomme

        What they should be doing as a group with notoriety is to be doing what the lame stream media isn’t doing and let the uninformed masses know the severity of the ongoing event for over 4 years that could eventually kill every thing on this planet.

  • Eliao Jah

    i wonder what were the flawsj.

  • Ken5745

    Australia is a dump for nuclear waste? Japan should send the thousands of bags of contaminated top soil from Fukushima prefecture to Australia for permanent storage.

  • http://www.binary-mechanics.com JJKeene

    Is this ship going through the Caribbean to the Panama canal?

  • Michael Mallal

    I live in Australia and haven’t heard a word about this. Where will the nuclear waste go? How very interesting.

  • Bill

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    Their not hard to make with a typical unit consisting of 10, 12′ long copper tubes, mounted on a towed open travel trailer, connected by cable to a 21 layer orgone accumulator box, connected by metal cable to a running stream of water.
    The half-life of the radio-active material is greatly decreased to inert in just hours to days, rendering it harmless.
    Of course this flys in the face of nuclear theory, and is covered up.
    Reich reported all his experiments to the AEC, including the deactivation of Radium radioactivity, using his apparatus, which was seen as a threat to nuclear power in the 50’s.