First quarter of 2001
waste ship banned from Argentinean waters
30 January 2001
sixth shipment of vitrified highly radioactive waste from La Hague to
Japan is forced to keep outside Argentinean waters. The nuclear cargo
Pacific Swan left the French port of Cherbourg on 19 December 2000.
The Argentinean Federal Court ordered the government to forbid the entrance
of the ship into national waters. This is considered a very important
precedent that could be applied to any following shipment.
16 January 2001, the Cordoba based environmental NGO FUNAM (Environment
Defense Foundation) had filed a legal case against the President of
CNEA (National Commission of Atomic Energy) and ARN (Regulatory Nuclear
Authority) that question the legality of the entrance of radioactive
waste into the country. Prior to this, CNEA had delivered an authorization
to the Pacific Swan and its load of 192 canisters of vitrified waste
to enter Argentinean waters.
1995, the Chilean Navy blocked the passage of the "Pacific Pintail"
when it had demonstrated its intention of entering the exclusive economic
zone (200 miles off the coast). In 1997, the actions of Argentina and
Chile stopped another shipment from passing along Cape Horn.
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