Deutsche Welle on 25th October reported that depleted uranium from a German enrichment plant is being shipped to Russia for reprocessing from the uranium enrichment plant in Gronau, operated by URENCO. It is said that around 600 tonnes of UF6 depleted uranium [had been] sent to Russia for re-enrichment in a special transport, which had left the site at the end of July. Depleted uranium — uranium hexafluoride — is a colourless radioactive powder that is a by-product of manufacturing fuel for nuclear power plants. It is estimated that between the mid-90s and 2010 around 30,000 tonnes had been sent to Russia, destined for processing plants in the Urals and Siberia. It is said that the nuclear industry refers to the uranium not as “nuclear waste” in this context, but as “recyclable material”.
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