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Nuclear Waste Ship Ordered Out of Chilean Waters

March 21, 1995

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) _ Chile’s navy ordered a ship bound for Japan with 14 tons of nuclear waste to leave Chilean waters Monday.

The environmental group Greenpeace said the ship, the British-owned Pacific Pintail, was near Cape Horn and refused to change course.

But the navy later reported the freighter was heading out of Chilean waters after a second warning. It was expected to be in international waters by late Monday, the navy said.

When he refused to change course, the captain of the British ship said he was acting under British government orders, said Greenpeace official Satish Vangal, who was aboard the Solo, a Greenpeace ship following the Pacific Pintail.

Foreign Minister Jose Miguel Insulza said Chile was filing ``strong protests″ with the governments of Britain, Japan and France over the incident. The nuclear waste aboard the ship is a byproduct of reprocessing of spent Japanese reactor fuel done in France.

He said Chile was asking those countries ``to stop this kind of shipment in the future. This is a problem that will probably last for years.″

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