MOX Furor

The controversial shipment of 10 tons of "MOX," or mixed oxide-recycled nuclear fuel of mixed plutonium and uranium oxide-from Britain and France to Japanese power plants is just the start of such traffic, reports the semi-official Yonhap News Agency of Seoul. "Environmental organizations fear any leakage of the material is dangerous to those living nearby, saying it is immediately - transferable to weapons-grade plutonium. Japan has plans for 80 more shipments ... in the coming years."

Alarm over the shipment "is prompting new demands ... for stronger action by Pacific islands against the trans-port of [nuclear shipments] through their waters," reports Debbie Singh for Inter Press Service-"including the right to claim liability and compensation should accidents take place.