| MOSCOW, November 28 (Itar-Tass) - President Vladimir Putin
chaired a meeting on Friday over nuclear safety issues.
The meeting was attended by Nuclear Power Energy Minister Alexander
Rumyantsev; deputy chief secretary of the presidium of Russia's Academy
of Sciences (RAS), head of the radio-chemistry laboratory under the Institute
of Geochemistry and Analytical Chemistry Boris Myasoyedov; RAS corresponding
member, president of the Center for Environmental Policy Alexander Yabloko,
head of the Yabloko faction at the State Duma lower house of the Russian
parliament Grigory Yavlinsky,
and Yabloko faction member Sergei
Opening the meeting, the president said he wanted to talk first and
foremost about nuclear safety problems in a broader context - hence his proposal to
meet in such a format.
"We agreed with Grigory Yavlinsky to meet and discuss these issues
a long time ago," the president said.
Putin asked the nuclear power minister to describe the situation in
this sphere and comment on the start of the work of the public commission
which had been set up in line with a presidential decree that followed
an accord reached several months ago.
Rumyantsev noted that the handling of spent nuclear fuel was the key
problem in nuclear power generation. The success of development of this
branch of industry foremost depends on how safely and correctly a country resolves this problem,
According to Rumyantsev, some foreign states made considerable progress
in this field. France, for example, generates 80 percent of electricity
at nuclear power plants, and boasts excellent recycling technologies for
used nuclear fuel. In addition, it pays great attention to environmental
The presidential decree on setting up a public control commission gives
it an opportunity to recommend for implementation various projects in
nuclear power generation which it considers advantageous for the state,
The ministry is ready for public control over the use of money -- derived
from these projects -- in environmental programs, the minister said.
For his part, Grigory Yavlinsky said the decree on setting up the public
commission had begun to operate. "It started the work which previously
had never been done; it's rather serious openness," he said.
Yavlinsky said he wanted to discuss at the meeting a number of amendments
concerning the safety of infrastructure and the burial of nuclear waste.
"We propose to consider the issue of energy tariffs, in order
to create a special fund and fulfil the presidential decision on moving
residents in the Techensky cascade district, Chelyabinsk region, to other
Yavlinsky noted that the local population there was suffering greatly.
A decision to resettle them had been made 50 years ago. "We reached
common ground with the Nuclear Power Ministry on the financing of the
project," he said, "but safety remains the key issue."
The lawmaker praised the Ministry's efforts in this field in the town
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