Letter: In Brief

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The Independent Culture
Sir: Your article "Seven arrested in plutonium protest" (20 July) described the shipment from Europe to Japan as "weapons-grade" plutonium. What is being transported is mixed oxide fuel, a combination of uranium and plutonium designed for use in conventional nuclear reactors. BNFL has been transporting nuclear material across the globe for more than 30 years in purpose-built ships. During this time we have never had an incident resulting in a release of radioactivity.



Warrington, Cheshire