Next week, MOX fuel will be loaded in Cherbourg onto the Pacific Egret or onto the Pacific Heron with the destination of the Takahama nuclear plant in Japan. MOX contains 10% plutonium and 90% uranium.
This voyage of dangerous fissile materials across the worldwide oceans causes tension and poses risks all along the track. The point of the refuge port in case of damage or fire has yet to be solved. The ability of the modest ships from Pacific Nuclear Transport Ltd to resist cyclones, tsunamis, and North Korean missiles has not been demonstrated either.
However, it is business as usual for Areva and for one penniless French nuclear sector with no safeguards. Perpetuating the everyday business as in the good old days before Fukushima, it is to avoid calling into question again the issue of the nuclear fuel reprocessing and plutonium extraction plant in Normandy that is said for two years by the French Nuclear Safety Authority and unions to be in a worrisome state.
Areva’s seagoing transports have always given to worldwide naval forces the opportunity to make manoeuvres mostly underwater ones. Our first piece of advice is addressed to fishermen and especially to trawlers. They should deviate largely from the naval convoy in order to eliminate any risk to be hooked by submarine, which is hypothesized to be more and more plausible as an explanation for the wreckage of Bugaled Breizh in January 2004 off Britanny, a few days before the departure of the Pacific Sandpiper loaded with high level nuclear waste from Cherbourg to Japan.
See also :
Delivery of nuclear fuel to Japan. Position of Robin des Bois.  April 10, 2013
Mox.  March 14, 2011
France is to Blame . March 31, 2011