Nuclear waste leaves France for Australia via Sky News

A ship carrying 25 tonnes of nuclear waste has left France for Australia despite protests from environmental campaigners who said they were concerned about ‘deficiencies’ in the vessel.

The BBC Shanghai left the northern French port of Cherbourg after getting approval from local officials who carried out an inspection on Wednesday and is due to reach Australia on November 27.

The nuclear waste onboard BBC Shanghai comes as a result of ‘generations of nuclear medicine production’ said an ANSTO spokesperson.

‘The nuclear fuel was sent to France for reprocessing over four shipments in the 1990s and early 2000s, and the waste arising from that reprocessing operation is required under French law to have left that country by the end of 2015.’

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