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Sport: Nuclear: Greenpeace denounces the "scandalous" pursuit of uranium trade between France and Russia

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The NGO claims in particular the termination of contracts with the Russian group Rosatom and its subsidiaries.

  Nucléaire : Greenpeace dénonce la poursuite © supplied by Franceinfo

Despite the war in Ukraine, France continues to import Uranium in Russia. "Dozens of enriched uranium barrels and ten natural uranium containers from Russia" were transported by Cargo in the port of Dunkirk, Tuesday, November 29, to be loaded "aboard a train and several trucks whose destinations could be Pierrelatte in France and/or Lingen, Germany, "says Greenpeace.

Exchanges that have made the NGO which calls on the French government to stop "the Uranium Trade" between France and Russia, when deliveries continue to war, in the absence of sanctions in the absence of sanctions, in the absence of sanctions international Russian civilian nuclear power. In a press release, "Greenpeace requests the final cessation of all nuclear trade with Russia".

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Framatome confirms

Greenpeace deliveries also claims "the termination of all current contracts between the French nuclear industry and Rosatom [the Russian nuclear giant] as well as its subsidiaries, starting with contracts concerning the uranium trade between Tenex, a subsidiary of Rosatom, and respectively EDF and Orano ".

While the Ukrainian conflict is raging, "it is the usual business as between France, Europe and Russia. Scandalous", denounces Pauline Boyer, in charge of nuclear campaigns and energy transition for Greenpeace France.

The manufacturer of nuclear power plants and supplier of Framatome fuel, a subsidiary of EDF, confirmed on Tuesday evening with AFP that the loading identified in Dunkirk concerned a "delivery of material for the manufacture of nuclear fuels" to its Roman-sur-Isère factory (Drôme). This fuel is then intended for its "customers and in particular the French nuclear park," he said.

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Uranium recycling

The Orano nuclear group (ex-AREVA), another major player in the sector, said to AFP that "these transports did not concern its materials or its facilities". On the other hand, he confirmed to have delivered to Russia "five or six" Transport of reprocessing uranium (URT) of which he owned until October, to the Seversk factory in Rosatom, as part of a contract signed in 2020 relating to a total volume of 1,150 tonnes.

Orano had confirmed in early October in Franceinfo that this contract had been "ended" and "that no new contract relating to the purchase or sale of nuclear materials has been signed [by the group] since the Trigger of the war. "

resulting from the treatment of fuels, the URT (or recycling uranium) can be reused to produce new fuel after being converted and then re-enriched. This URT was exported to Russia because Orano "does not have a conversion workshop," said the spokesperson. EDF signed in 2018 a contract of 600 million euros with a subsidiary of Rosatom, Tenex, for "recycling the retired uranium of EDF". "The decision to continue certain relations is notably taken in compliance with sanctions international, "said EDF in an email addressed to AFP, without referring to a particular contract.

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