wins Dutch court case on nuclear waste
Reuters News Service (Netherlands), November 30, 1999
AMSTERDAM - Environmental
group Greenpeace won a long-running court battle with the Dutch government
yesterday when the country's highest court upheld its request for a
ban on transportation of nuclear waste.
The Council of
State ruled there was insufficient justification for transporting radioactive
waste from the nuclear plant in Dodewaard in southeastern Netherlands
to the Sellafield reprocessing facility in Britain.
had not given a sufficiently detailed description of the route from
Dodewaard to the port of Vlissingen, the court ruling added. Greenpeace
had argued that residents along the route should be informed of transport
plans in case they objected.
lobby, which was awarded costs in the case, also said that radioactivity
was released into the environment during waste reprocessing.
The court also
ruled that spent nuclear rods from a reactor at the Energy Test Centre
in the northern Dutch city of Petten could not be transported to a storage
facility in the southwest.
argued the site was suited only to mildly-radioactive waste.