Nuclear waste shipment to Germany draws protests

AP News
Posted: Nov 24, 2011 2:41 PM
Nuclear waste shipment to Germany draws protests

Police in northern Germany have used water cannons against demonstrators gearing up for the arrival of a shipment of nuclear waste from France.

News agency dapd reported that police said they used water cannons Thursday after fireworks and paint were thrown at officers. Protesters had previously blocked a crossroads at Metzingen, near the shipment's destination.

The trainload of waste set off from northwestern France on Wednesday. It wasn't immediately clear when it would cross into Germany.

The waste shipment to Germany is the first since Berlin decided after Japan's nuclear disaster to shut all its nuclear plants by 2022.

But officials haven't resolved where waste should be stored permanently. Activists argue the Gorleben storage site, where the waste is headed, is unsafe.