Nuclear waste facing German protests

Activists are angry at Chancellor Merkel's government decision to extend life of 17 nuclear plants by 12 years on average.

November 6, 2010 12:31
Police stand in front of containers at Dannenberg

Germany nuclear waste. (photo credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)


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DANNENBERG, Germany — German police are bracing for a massive demonstration against a nuclear waste shipment by protesters angered at a government move to delay the closure of every one of the country's nuclear plants.

Organizers said they expected between 30,000 and 50,000 people at the main demonstration Saturday in Dannenberg. The northern town is where the waste — which set off from France Friday — is unloaded from train to trucks for the last leg of its trip to a storage facility at Gorleben.

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Germany receives such shipments roughly every year under an agreement that sees spent fuel sent to France for reprocessing and returned for storage.

Activists are angry at the decision of Chancellor Angela Merkel's government to extend the life of Germany's 17 nuclear plants by an average of 12 years.

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