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Nuclear Waste Shipment Arrives Despite Protests

November 15, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

A shipment of more than 80 tons of nuclear waste arrived at a dump in the north German countryside, despite efforts by militant anti-nuclear protesters to block its path.

Six trucks carrying waste from a French reprocessing plant swung into the Gorleben storage site in a convoy guarded by dozens of police vehicles.

About 20 people jeered and whistled from behind barricades near the dump, the final gesture from demonstrators who defied about 15,000 police to stage protests along the shipment's route.

Germany sends its nuclear waste to France and Britain for reprocessing but has been slow to take it back for storage because of decades of political wrangling over where to put it and the safety of shipping it across Europe.

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