Dozens of French activists have staged a protest ahead of a nuclear fuel shipment to Japan.
The shipping was halted after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident forced most of Japan’s nuclear plants to shutdown.
About 50 activists gathered at the northwestern port of Cherbourg on Monday.
A French energy firm has been producing the MOX fuel, a mixture of plutonium and uranium. The Kansai Electric Power Company ordered it for use at its Takahama nuclear plant in Fukui Prefecture, Central Japan, which is currently off-line.
A cargo ship loaded with the fuel is scheduled to leave the port as early as Wednesday.
The activists wore headbands with the Japanese slogan saying “Stop MOX” and called for a halt to the delivery.
A spokesperson for the activists said France is pressuring Japan by sending the fuel over when the country is trying to decide on new energy policies.
The activists say the fuel would be brought from a facility about 20 kilometers away from the port and loaded onto 2 vessels.
Apr. 16, 2013 – Updated 02:18 UTC
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