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German nuclear waste goes nowhere fast

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German nuclear waste goes nowhere fast


Anti-nuclear activists have continued to block a convoy of reprocessed atomic waste from reaching a storage depot near the German town of Gorleben.

The waste has already come a long way by rail from a reprocessing plant in northern France.

It has now been put onto lorries to travel the last 20 kilometres by road, but only if the police can break through the blockades.

Greenpeace campaigners have immobilised a beer truck which officers need to clear before the waste containers can continue their journey.

Local agricultural workers and residents have joined in the protest as they fear the abandoned salt mine near Gorleben could become a permanent dump for the waste – something which environmentalists say would be geologically unsafe in the long term.

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