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Transport of intermediate level vitrified waste to Belgium

Press release


August 28, 2017


A railway shipment of intermediate level vitirified waste resulting from SYNATOM spent fuel treatment at the la Hague plant, left from AREVA’s railway terminal in Valognes (France) today for the Dessel storage facility in Belgium. The transport cask contains a total of 16 canisters.

This transport complies with the applicable national and international regulations to guarantee a high level of safety and security. The cask used for the shipment is compliant with safety criteria defined by the International Atomic Energy Agency and is designed to protect people and the environment under all circumstances.

The return of the waste to Belgium is made in compliance with the provisions of French law requiring the return of radioactive waste to the country of origin. It is part of the contract for the processing-recycling of used nuclear fuel between AREVA and the Belgian company SYNATOM, in charge of nuclear fuel management. This contract plans, in particular, the separation of recyclable materials and waste which result from processing at la Hague plant.

This is the first shipment of intermediate level vitrified waste between France and Belgium. High level vitrified waste and intermediate level compacted waste were fully returned to Belgium in 2013 in the frame of this contract.

Press Contact AREVA

Gwenaël Thomas
Sylvain Renouf

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