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Waste nuclear fuel being transported by train. The waste nuclear fuel, from a nuclear power station, is in the cylindrical containers. Waste nuclear fuel is a highly radioactive mix of nuclear fission products and unused nuclear fuel, and is transported in heavily-shielded lead-lined containers. The container will be taken to a nuclear fuel reprocessing facility, where the unused fuel (plutonium and uranium) will be extracted to make new fuel rods. The waste fission products will be sealed in containers and stored for hundreds of years until they are safe. This train is taking the waste from the port of Cherbourg, in northern France, to the terminal of Valognes where the waste will be taken to the nearby La Hague reprocessing centre. Photographed in 2004.
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