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First shipment of vitrified wastes to Switzerland

Press release

December 11, 2001

The first shipment of vitrified wastes from France to Switzerland, which was announced by the Swiss electric utility KKG and COGEMA on 28/11/2001, will leave the rail terminal at Valognes today. The convoy is to arrive in Switzerland on 12/12/2001.

The Castor HAW 20/28 CG transport cask containing 28 canisters of vitrified wastes will be unloaded from the train and taken to a special storage building at Zwilag, Würenlingen.  The cask and canisters have undergone the regulatory and contractual inspections required for their departure from the COGEMA La Hague plant.