Emergency drills at nuclear facility in Murmansk

Publish date: July 27, 2005

Exercises simulating an emergency situation at Atomflot nuclear maintenance facility took place yesterday in Murmansk, an Atomflot official told RIA Novosti.

The exercises simulated a situation where a container with spent nuclear fuel, loaded from a floating technical base near the shore, has been damaged. The goal of the exercises was to test the skills of the company’s personnel in emergency situations and check the readiness of the system that warns residents in the Murmansk region and neighboring countries about the danger of radiation.

“The exercises are being carried out under a Russian-U.S. cooperation agreement on research of the radioactive impact on the population and environment,” the source said. He also said experts from the U.S., Sweden, Norway, and relevant Russian ministries are attending the exercise as observers, RIA Novosti reported.