Nuclear waste shipment enters Germany

This is the first shipment of nuclear waste from France to Germany since Berlin decided to shut all its nuclear plants by 2022.

Updated: Nov 25, 2011, 16:26 PM IST

Berlin: A shipment of nuclear waste reprocessed in France has arrived in Germany on its way to a controversial storage site that protesters say is unsafe.

The dapd news agency reported the train carrying the waste crossed into western Germany early Friday after delays in France where activists damaged the rail tracks in an attempt to halt the shipment.

Some 20,000 police officers will be securing the shipment in Germany.

This is the first shipment of nuclear waste from France to Germany since Berlin decided to shut all its nuclear plants by 2022, following the disaster at Japan`s Fukushima plant.

But officials haven`t yet resolved where waste should be stored permanently — and activists argue the site in northern German town of Gorleben is unsafe.

Bureau Report