NUCLEAR WASTE: The Reprocessing Race

France says: Give us your tired, your spent atomic fuel

With its aim of freeing the country "rom 75% of its imported energy requirements by 1985, the French government's nuclear power program is mighty ambitious—much too much so, many Frenchmen complain. Socialist Party Chief François Mitterrand, who clearly plans to make the atom an issue in next March's elections, charges that the policy of headlong nuclear expansion was reckless, "launched like a railroad engine at 400 kilometers an hour." In August, some 30,000 protesters tried to slow the train down by staging...

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