All nuclear powered lighthouses to be removed by 2005

Publish date: August 20, 2004

Murmansk authorities are removing lighthouses run on radioactive strontium-90 batteries and replacing them with modern solar energy lighthouses, NTV reported.

The strontium batteries will be transported with helicopters to the storage facility in Murmansk and then further by railway to the Mayak reprocessing plant in the South Ural. All the strontium lighthouses (about 500) along the coast of the Kola Peninsula are to be removed this year before polar night comes. The radioactive lighthouses could pose a major security threat if falling in the hands of terrorists. Norwegian authorities are financing the new solar lighthouses. The price of each solar panel lighthouse is about $34,200.