Greenpeace Confronts Traffic in Plutonium
Protest against plutonium shipments on the high seas is now focused on the impending export of 500 lbs. of plutonium oxide from Charleston, South Carolina, to France for reprocessing into experimental MOX fuel and back to the United States. In recent years, such shipments have been the target of an international Greenpeace anti-nuclear campaign, and possibly terrorists as well, warn critics.
On September 16, one hundred people rallied at the Charleston waterfront, while at the port of Cherbourg, France, 11 Greenpeace activists were arrested after canoeing into the military arsenal and hanging a "Stop Plutonium" banner along the dock.