THE WHITEHAVEN NEWS

THE WHITEHAVEN NEWS



BNFL GETS BACKING OF US GOVERNMENT

Thursday, March 07, 2002

Sellafield's MOX team has jumped one of the diplomatic hurdles that could have stood in the way of renewed Japanese business.

British Nuclear Fuels has gained the backing of the US Government to bring an unwanted shipment of plutonium mixed oxide (mox) fuel from Japan back to Britain.

It would be the first trans-oceanic shipment of mox fuel since September 11 and environmentalists said that the risk of a terrorist attack during the shipment would be unacceptable.

BNFL originally shipped the fuel to Japan in 1999 but it was rejected after the company admitted its staff had falsified some of the quality control data.