Plutonium transports in France

Multimedia | March 3, 2004

What would you expect the security around a truck carrying enough nuclear fuel to make 40 hiroshima-sized bombs to look like? You probably wouldn't expect it to look like this video clip captured by Greenpeace volunteers.


A truck carrying 140kgs of weapons-grade plutonium passes by the city of Nantes during the final stage of the U.S. transport of the dangerous cargo to Cadarache where mox rods are produced. The transport began in France after the arrival of UK-flagged commercial nuclear cargo ship, the Pacific Pintail, from Charleston, SC, USA. Before reaching its final destination it will have travelled more than a thousand kilometres across France, passing by numerous highly populated communities. Greenpeace believes the shipment is unnecessary and highly vulnerable to accidents or deliberate attack.