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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Waste Train Coming

BUDAPEST () -- A train carrying about 55 tons of used fuel from Hungary's Paks Nuclear Plant to Russia for reprocessing will soon depart, the plant has said.

It will be the first transport since Russia stopped such shipments nearly three years ago because of environmental concerns, a plant spokesman said Wednesday.

The spokesman said Ukraine will be the only country the train passes through on its way to Russia.

As part of its ambitious program to harness nuclear energy for electricity generation in the 1960s and '70s, the former Soviet Union built Paks and accepted its spent fuel for nearly two decades, but the Russian legislature in 1992 banned the import of nuclear waste, the spokesman said.