La Hague – a specialist plant for high-level radioactive waste
In France, spent fuel from reactors, containing the most highly-radioactive substances, is processed at facilities in the La Hague plant after being allowed to cool for several years in storage pools. This processing isolates the recoverable uranium and plutonium. The residual substances, considered to be waste, are vitrified and then stored pending a decision regarding their final destination. Intermediate-level waste is also processed, conditioned and stored at La Hague. Non-reprocessed fuel is also stored.