Nuclear waste reaches destination in Germany

AP News
Posted: Nov 29, 2011 4:57 AM
Nuclear waste reaches destination in Germany

Anti-nuclear activists have vowed to continue their protests against a nuclear waste storage facility in northern Germany after 11 containers of reprocessed fuel arrived there.

The containers reached the facility in Gorleben late Monday, five days after they left a reprocessing facility in northern France.

Officials say some 100 police officers and 300 activists were injured during protests in which demonstrators chained themselves to the railway tracks and cement vehicles to roads in an effort to block the transport. Some 8,000 protesters turned out along the route.

The German government voted earlier this year to shut down by 2022 the nation's nuclear power plants, which are deeply unpopular with the public.