Newsletter N° 8 (Switzerland)
Switzerland has agreed - in theory - to the
contents of the recent "Guidelines for the Management of Plutonium"
proposed by parties to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
While these guidelines explicitly request countries to publish annual
figures for the countries' plutonium stockpiles, Switzerland has never
published such figures. However, in a 31 March 1998 "note verbale",
the Permanent Mission to the IAEA of Switzerland comments: "In the last
years, political opposition against reprocessing has grown. Fuel element
transports to reprocessing plants are increasingly the target of anti-nuclear
activities by environmental organisations". And this was one month before
the scandal of the contaminated spent fuel transports was revealed.