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Australia sends used Radioactive fuel to France for recycling

It is noteworthy that back in 2015, Australia received 25 tonnes of radioactive waste amid protests from the environmentalists within the country.


Devdiscourse News Desk Last Updated at 30 Jul 2018, 03:07 IST Australia, France
Australia sends used Radioactive fuel to France for recycling
  • Several NGOs, especially Australian Conservation Foundation has criticised the incapability of Australia in managing the used Radioactive fuels. (Image Credit: Twitter)

Australia has sent a batch of used radioactive fuel to France for the process of recycling and extracting plutonium and uranium from it.

The leftovers after both these processes will be deported back to Australia in the form of durable glass mass after vitrification. This would be buried at a special dump site.

Australia has kept sending its spent nuclear fuel to France for recycling in past also. The chief nuclear officer of Australia Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), Hef Griffiths has reiterated about the safety of the process in public.

On the other hand, Australia has become a subject of criticism for not finding a sustainable way to deal with the nuclear waste.

Several NGOs, especially Australian Conservation Foundation has criticised the incapability of Australia in managing the used Radioactive fuels.

The member of NGOs has accused the government of restoring to temporary solutions rather than going for a permanent method to tackle the nuclear waste.

NGOs allege that intermediate-level waste will be returned after the process of recycling in Europe.

It is noteworthy that back in 2015, Australia received 25 tonnes of radioactive waste amid protests from the environmentalists within the country.

Australia has sent nuclear fuel to France for reprocessing in the 1990s and 2000s over four shipments.


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