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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

EDF Denies Waste Report

PARIS — EDF is sending to Russia spent nuclear fuel that needs to be reprocessed, the French nuclear power producer said Monday, denying a French report that it was using Siberia to dump nuclear waste.

The company said radioactive waste was kept in France, where it was processed and stocked in dedicated facilities at Areva’s storage site of La Hague.

“Following the news reported today by [French daily newspaper] Liberation, EDF wants to point out that contrary to what has been said, no nuclear waste is transported to Russia,” EDF said.

Earlier Monday, an EDF spokeswoman had said the company was sending nuclear waste to Russia and that 10 percent to 20 percent of it was recycled and sent back to be used in French power plants. The spokeswoman later clarified that she was referring to spent fuel, not to radioactive waste.    

(Reuters)