Paris and Berlin have reached an agreement in principle to allow the return of nuclear waste processed in France to Germany by 2024.
German energy firms sent the spent nuclear fuel to Cogema facility (now part of Orano) in Normandy for treatment and recycling from 1978 to 2008. Most of the treated waste has been returned and the deal concerns the remaining amount.
German energy firms had sent spent fuel from their nuclear reactors for treatment, but deals that would have kept the material in Franceuntil 2040 were considered as not complying with French law that requires treated waste be returned to its country of origin.
Germany will accept treated waste with a higher level of radioactivity than planned earlier, but that means the volume will be less and only one train shipment will be necessary instead of the 17 initially envisaged.