Suspected Plutonium Convoy Nears France

A trans-Atlantic shipment of plutonium from the United States arrived by guarded convoy at a factory in southern France Friday, amid protests by environmental groups. French state-run nuclear company Areva said the delivery to the Cadarache factory near the port of Marseille was made under “optimal safety and security,” a statement by Areva said. Greenpeace and other environmental campaigners led a string of protests against the shipment of 275 pounds of military-grade plutonium taken from U.S. nuclear warheads. The protests are fearful of terrorist attacks, accidents and the fuel itself. A court in southern Aix-en-Provence on Thursday barred activists from protesting within 100 yards of the factory. The plutonium arrived in France on Wednesday at the northwest port of Cherbourg, aboard one of two heavily armed vessels that left from Charleston, S.C., on Sept. 20. It was transported more than 600 miles in a heavily guarded convoy of trucks. Full Story

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