Nuclear group draws up Panama brief

British Nuclear Group (BNG) is to call in agency support as it prepares to transit highly radio­active waste through Panama and its famous 48-mile canal.

The clean-up body has issued a tender for a ‘public acceptance campaign'. While it is understood BNG has used the canal ‘for some time', the shipping link has now been given the green light for a £5bn expansion to accommodate modern ships in a bid to alleviate congestion. BNG would not comment on whether the tender is related to this programme.

‘It is PR for shipments through Panama and the management of public acceptance,' said a BNG spokesman.

It is believed BNG wants to ­reassure the government of ­Panama, media and others that the transportation of radio­active waste is safe and that the Panama canal is part of ‘a vital link in the fuel cycle chain'. 

The BNG uses its subsidiary Pacific Nuclear Transport to move plutonium and other waste internationally. BNG says it has completed over 170 nuclear shipments over the past 30 years.

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