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Nuclear Waste: Update

Vremya MN, June 4, 2001, p. 3

The ongoing war over the amendments to the current nuclear energy legislation that would permit the import of spent nuclear fuel into Russia entered another phase yesterday. Yabloko leader Grigory Yavlinsky and Nuclear Energy Minister Alexander Rumyantsev answered questions posed by pedestrians on Novy Arbat Street.

According to Yavlinsky, "Yabloko believes that nothing highly radioactive should be imported into Russia" , as "the waste will remain here forever and the money will evaporate". Rumyantsev reiterated that all financial operations would be outlined in the law "On the Budget" and that parliamentary deputies would monitor the process. Yavlinsky replied that the deputies did not control anything in the draft budget during discussions.

Rumyantsev said that he did not understand what Yavlinsky was talking about. "I myself will tear the project up if I cannot see how the money will be spent", he said. The lower house of parliament is scheduled to discuss the draft amendments this
Wednesday. According to Rumyantsev, only two options are possible: either the import of spent nuclear fuel will be authorized or the issue will be shelved for five months. Yabloko suggests holding a referendum in the interim. Yavlinsky noted: It is not fair that 500 people will approve for an import, which is opposed by 100
million people.

See also:

Nuclear waste bill section of the web-site

Vremya MN, June 4, 2001, p. 3

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