Vitrified waste shipment to Switzerland: arrival at Zwilag interim storage facility
October 17, 2016
A shipment of vitrified nuclear waste from the United Kingdom to Switzerland has recently been completed with the arrival of the four transport casks at the Zwilag interim storage facility.
The shipment involved a stage by sea, from the United Kingdom to the port of Cherbourg in France, and a stage by land (road and rail) to Switzerland.
INS, a subsidiary of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), a British governmental agency, was responsible for this shipment. It had contracted with AREVA TN, AREVA’s Nuclear Logistics business, to safely manage the ground transportation in France.
This shipment met current national and international regulations regarding nuclear safety. The transport casks used comply with International Atomic Energy Agency safety standards and are designed to ensure the protection of people and the environment under all circumstances.