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World IN BRIEF / GERMANY

Nuclear Waste on Its Way to Storage Site

March 20, 1998|From Times Wire Reports

With thousands of police guarding the route, 60 tons of atomic waste from power plants in the towns of Gundremmingen and Neckarwestheim started a controversial rail journey north to a temporary storage site. Worried about violence, as well as danger to the hazardous cargo, energy officials started the trip ahead of schedule to foil anti-nuclear activists. Protesters by the hundreds, instead of the expected thousands, rushed to try to stop the transport, blocking the entrance to a nuclear plant in the south and tunneling under a road. The activists say the containers are not leakproof and could cause a disaster similar to the one at Chernobyl.

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