Good news of the day :
From: Sandy Perle [mailto:sandyfl@EARTHLINK.NET]
Sent: Tuesday April 03, 2001 10:16 AM
To: nuclear news list; firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: France overturns ruling on Australian n-waste
France overturns ruling on Australian n-waste
PARIS, April 3 (Reuters) - France's state-owned nuclear reprocessing
company Cogema said it would start unloading a cargo of spent fuel
rods from Australia on Tuesday after winning an appeal against an
A court of appeal in the Normandy town of Caen overturned the
injunction, which the environmental group Greenpeace had obtained
from a lower court on March 15, a Cogema statement said.
The injunction had prevented Cogema from unloading and reprocessing
360 spent nuclear fuel rods at the port of Cherbourg from the
container ship Le Bouguenais.
"Unloading of the Bouguenais...will be carried out today. The spent
fuel rods will be transferred to the Cogema plant in La Hague for
reprocessing," Cogema said in the statement.
The injunction had placed in doubt the future of Australia's High
Flux Australian Reactor (HIFAR) at Lucas Heights in Sydney, run by
nuclear reactor operator Australian Nuclear Science and Technology
In Canberra, Australian Science and Resources Minister Nick Minchin
welcomed the Caen court's ruling.
"This decision will allow ANTSO to proceed with its policy of
sensibly managing fuel rods from the HIFAR reactor through
reprocessing in France," Minchin said in a statement.
Greenpeace had argued that Cogema did not have proper authorisation
to take the waste.
Cogema said the Caen court had rejected that argument and ruled that
the lower court had not been competent to judge the matter.
Greenpeace said it planned to return to court to try again to block
the reprocessing operation.
Comment : I hope Cogema sues the Greenpukes for every penny of extra shipping expenses incurred while the ship was stuck in port, unable to unload its cargo.
Hmmm - could it be that that was the lower court's plan to begin with - one way to put them out of business ? ...but they could be sued too, no ?