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Yabloko objects to the import of spent nuclear fuel

20.03.01. 18:42

The Yabloko faction in the State Duma thinks that, if approved, amendments to existing legislation regulating the import, storage and recycling of spent nuclear fuel (SNF) will cause tremendous losses to Russia. The legislature will consider the amendments at the second reading on March 22.

"We will do all we can to prevent adoption of the package of," Yabloko's Sergei Mitrokhin said on March 20.

He added: "We insist that all radioactive materials and waste should be sent to their country of origin immediately upon recycling". Otherwise, he added: "all the inhabitants of Russia will receive "as a present" a huge amount of unburied waste." "It will be the crime of the century."

"The Atomic Industry Ministry's main argument is to obtain profits, which may subsequently be used to rehabilitate contaminated territories. There are no guarantees in the text of the draft law that the money will be used precisely for these purposes."

In the meantime, the Atomic Industry Ministry claims that the import of foreign spent nuclear fuel for technological storage and recycling will enable Russia to earn USD 20 billion over 10 years, which will be used, inter alia, for the ecological rehabilitation of a number of areas in Russia.

See the original at http://russia.strana.ru/politics/parties/2001/03/20/985102871.html

See also:

Nuclear waste bill section of the web-site

strana.ru, 20.03.01. 18:42

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