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Vitrification constitutes the final step of the overall conditioning process for used nuclear fuel of foreign origin before storage and return to the countries of the customers. It provides a safe and stable packaging for fission products for a long period of time.
June 13, 2005
The transport of one cask containing 28 canisters of vitrified nuclear residues is scheduled to leave COGEMA Logistics’ Valognes railway terminal for Mol (Belgium) in the next days, as soon as operational conditions are met. Upon its arrival at Mol, the cask will be loaded on a special-purpose vehicle and transported to the interim storage facility of BELGOPROCESS in Dessel.
According to commercial contracts signed between the Belgian company SYNATOM and COGEMA, Belgian spent fuel was sent to France for reprocessing. Return to Belgium of the vitrified nuclear residues resulting from reprocessing is implemented in accordance with intergovernmental agreements signed by France and Belgium.
The cask used for transport fully complies with the very strict standards defined by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Nuclear material transportation meets national and international regulations in order to guarantee a high level of safety.