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Departure of the ninth transport of vitrified residues from france to belgium

Press release

September 13, 2005

The ninth transport of vitrified nuclear residues from France to Belgium, announced by the Belgian utility SYNATOM and COGEMA on September 12th, left the COGEMA Logistics railway terminal in Valognes (France) today at 12:30 pm. It will arrive in Belgium as from September 14th, 2005.

At the Mol (Belgium) train station, the cask containing 28 canisters of vitrified waste will be loaded on a special-purpose vehicle and transported to the BELGOPROCESS storage site in Dessel.

The cask used for transport fully complies with the very strict standards defined by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Nuclear material transportation meets national and international regulations in order to guarantee a high level of safety.