Second quarter of 2000
WISE-Paris Report Released: "Recycling of Nuclear Materials - Myths
WISE-Paris, 2 May 2000
According to a new WISE-Paris report - "Recycling
of Nuclear Materials - Myths and Reality" - less than half of the plutonium
and not more than 10% of the uranium separated from French used nuclear
fuel at the reprocessing plants in La Hague and Marcoule has been reintroduced
into nuclear reactors. The "recyling" rate decreases even further -
to less than 20 % and 5 % respectively for plutonium and uranium unloaded
from French reactors - if one takes into account that only part of the
spent fuel has undergone reprocessing and that the French nuclear industry
has accumulated a significant stock of used fuel besides large quantities
of plutonium and uranium on the shelves.
The report (in French), authored by Xavier Coeytaux
and Mycle Schneider, respectively research associate and director of
WISE-Paris, was commissioned and released today by Greenpeace-France.