Dutch Plutonium Dead End"
By Mathieu Pavageau and Mycle Schneider, WIse-Paris
September 1997, published in January 1998, commissioned by Greenpeace
The report analyses the Dutch plutonium policy, reprocessing and breeder
reactor cooperation. It evaluates production, current and future stocks
of Dutch plutonium. The current plutonium stock is estimated at about
one metric tonne. Most of it is certainly stored at La Hague. If the
Netherlands did carry out the entire reprocessing contracts, it would
have to deal with about four tonnes of plutonium. It should be emphasised
that the country has a plan to shut down the country's last remaining
reactor by 2004. There is no use for that plutonium in the country.
While the report led to public controversy in the Netherlands in early
1998, Mycle Schneider, director of WISE-Paris, has revealed to the Dutch
radio station VPRO that the French utility EDF denied a request by the
Dutch utility to take over the Dutch plutonium. The Dutch utility EPZ
confirmed on VRPO that, given its own large plutonium stockpiles, EDF
will first use its own material before using plutonium from other countries.
The WISE-Paris report argues that the Dutch utility should cancel the
remaining reprocessing contract and investigate means to mix its plutonium
with high level radioactive waste and vitrify it to become a final waste