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Tuesday, 07 July 2015

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Largest nuclear waste shipment from Sellafield to Japan completed

THE largest shipment of nuclear waste being sent from Cumbria to Japan has been delivered.

Nuclear waste? What did the nuclear industry ever do for us?

International Nuclear Services, its subsidiary Pacific Nuclear Transport Limited and Sellafield Ltd have successfully completed the largest shipment so far in a decade-long programme to repatriate highly active waste to Japan.

The vessel, Pacific Grebe, arrived in Japan on Tuesday (22), having travelled through the Atlantic, around the Cape of Good Hope and across the southern Indian Ocean.

The 132 canisters of waste, contained in the five transport flasks, were unloaded at the port of Mutsu-Ogawara, from where they were transported by road to Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd’s storage facility at Rokkasho-Mura.

This was the fourth and largest such shipment from the UK.

Five transport flasks containing a total of 132 canisters were transported by rail from Sellafield to Barrow where they were loaded onto the Pacific Grebe for shipment to Japan.

Mark Jervis, INS managing director, said: “I would like to thank the Barrow community for its support for our safe operations and also our transport partners and customers for their hard work and co-operation in making this shipment such a success.

“This method of transporting radioactive waste is safe, secure and tried and tested. We know that with meticulous planning and close working with Sellafield Ltd that we can continue to deliver progress in this long-term programme.”

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