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Departure of the eighth transport of vitrified residues from France to Belgium

Press release

June 15, 2005

The eighth transport of vitrified nuclear residues from France to Belgium, announced by the Belgian utility SYNATOM and COGEMA on June 13th, left the COGEMA Logistics railway terminal in Valognes (France) today at 12:20 pm. It will arrive in Belgium as from June 16th, 2005.

At the Mol (Belgium) train station, the cask containing 28 canisters of vitrified waste will be loaded on a special-purpose vehicle and transported to the BELGOPROCESS storage site in Dessel.

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.