Court ruling against Greenpeace over Areva action

11 January 2006

The Chalon-sur-Saône Magistrates Court has found Greenpeace guilty of obstruction and material damage following action by the environmental group to block a transport of plutonium being sent to be blended into mixed-oxide (MOX) nuclear fuel.

Orders to pay fines and damages were given to leaders and militants of the association who, following orders given from the highest level of Greenpeace, chained themselves to a truck, blocking its movement from Chalon-sur-Saône to Areva's Melox plant at Bagnols-sur-Cèze on 19 February 2003, Areva said in a statement. Areva added that such "commando"-style actions illegally organised by Greenpeace would jeopardise the safety of their employees as well as the militants from the anti-nuclear organisation.

Areva's statement continued to say that over 15 years, several million kilometres have been covered by plutonium transport vehicles without accident, under armed escort and using trucks equipped with sophisticated safety systems and transport casks tested under the most extreme conditions.

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