Greenpeace Attempts to Stop Nuclear Waste Transport in Netherlands

Posted June 7th, 2011 at 11:45 am (UTC-5)
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Activists from the environmental group Greenpeace have chained themselves to railroad tracks in the Netherlands, to delay a train carrying a shipment of nuclear waste from a power plant there to a nuclear reprocessing plant in France.

Greenpeace says 10 protesters tried to halt the train Tuesday as it made its way from the Borssele nuclear power station in the southern Dutch province of Zeeland, through Belgium to the plant near the city of La Hague in northern France.

The protestors say the shipment is carrying the same amount of radioactivity as was released in Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster. The activists were arrested and the train then continued on its way.

The shipment was cleared by Belgian courts after a local council in the city of Ghent tried to stop it. It is the first such shipment to leave the Netherlands in six years, with 10 more shipments scheduled to take place over the next two years.