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Switzerland recently shipped old Swiss Made plutonium to the US to be diluted in South Carolina and buried in the still collapsing WIPP (New Mexico). It also sent some Swiss HEU waste to be buried in the US.

The UK, on the other hand, is getting shot of some high level Swiss nuclear waste. While this is important from the point of view of justice and so that Switzerland learns that producing nuclear waste has consequences for which they must take responsibility, the conditions of an earlier shipment, shown below, do not appear safe.

This is a 2011 shipment in Basel, which sits near the French, German and Swiss border. Does this look secure? Clearly not! Switzerland needs to stop sending nuclear waste to Sellafield. And, needs to stop making it! Switzerland could probably easily go renewable if they would simply stop overheating buildings.
Castor Transport im Bahnhof SBB @ Basel by Patrik Tschudin, CC
Castor Transport im Bahnhof SBB @ Basel by Patrik Tschudin, CC via Flickr

Nuclear Waste Transport Sellafield to Switzerland Sortir du nucleaire map
Nuclear Waste Transport: Sellafield to Switzerland, Sortir du nucleaire map

From Sellafield-UK NDA:
Shipment of Highly Active Waste from the UK to Switzerland
9 October 2016
Oceanic Pintail  Sellafield NDA UK gov
The flasks were loaded on to the specialist nuclear transport vessel Oceanic Pintail and sailed from Barrow on 7th October.

As part of the Vitrified Residue Return (VRR) programme, the UK is returning highly active waste (HAW) in the form of vitrified residues to Switzerland.

The VRR programme involves Sellafield Ltd working in partnership with International Nuclear Services (INS) to return HAW to the countries of origin.

This is the second of the two planned consignments for Switzerland. The waste results from the reprocessing and recycling of spent nuclear fuel at the Sellafield site, which had previously been used to produce electricity by utilities in Switzerland.

This second consignment is safely under way. Four flasks, each containing 28 containers of highly active waste, were transported from Sellafield to the nearby port of Barrow-in-Furness on 6th October 2016.

The flasks were loaded on to the specialist nuclear transport vessel Oceanic Pintail, operated by INS and the vessel sailed from Barrow on 7th October.

Oceanic Pintail is now en-route to the port of Cherbourg, France, where the flasks will be offloaded for their onward journey by rail to Switzerland.

INS has contracted with the French specialist AREVA, to safely manage the overland transport in France.

The Vitrified Residue Returns (VRR) programme is a key component of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s (NDA) strategy to repatriate highly active waste from the UK, fulfil overseas contracts and deliver UK Government policy.

Sellafield Ltd will provide further information on the shipment in due course“.
Sellafield-NDA Gov: http://www.sellafieldsites.com/2016/10/shipment-of-highly-active-waste-from-the-uk-to-switzerland-2/

Shipment of Highly Active Waste from the UK to Switzerland
8 July 2016
CASTOR®HAW28M flask at Sellafield awaiting transport to Switzerland
CASTOR®HAW28M flask at Sellafield awaiting transport to Switzerland

Later this year the UK will be returning highly active waste (HAW) in the form of vitrified residues to Switzerland.

This will be the second of the two planned consignments for Switzerland. The waste results from the reprocessing and recycling of spent nuclear fuel at the Sellafield site in West Cumbria, which had previously been used to produce electricity by utilities in Switzerland.

The Vitrified Residue Returns (VRR) programme is a key component of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) strategy to repatriate highly active waste from the UK, fulfil overseas contracts and deliver UK Government policy. These returns involve Sellafield Ltd working in partnership with International Nuclear Services (INS) to remove the waste from the Sellafield site.

Sellafield Ltd selects, inspects and loads the canisters of HAW into specially designed flasks. INS, a subsidiary of the NDA, will perform the shipments, drawing on more than 40 years’ experience of transporting nuclear materials safely and securely around the world.

The waste will be transported via a French port, then onwards by rail to Switzerland. INS has contracted with the French specialist AREVA, to safely manage the overland transport in France.

The shipment will be carried out in full compliance with all applicable national and international regulations.

Sellafield Ltd will provide further information in due course.
Sellafield-NDA gov: http://www.sellafieldsites.com/2016/07/shipment-of-highly-active-waste-from-the-uk-to-switzerland/