Russian nuclear storage facilities almost filled up

Publish date: June 22, 2005

According to Rostekhnadzor, the Russian storage facilities with radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel are approaching their maximum capacity, said today the acting chief of the Russian Nuclear Federal Agency (Rosatom) Andrey Malyshev.

He added that it is needed to build more storage facilities. According to Malyshev, today Russia accumulated about 650 million cubic meters of liquid and solid radioactive waste. 99% of it is located at the Rosatom facilities. The major part of the waste is low-level radioactive waste, Interfax reported.

The biggest problem with liquid radioactive waste is its dumping into the open water reservoirs as it goes on at the Mayak plant in Chelyabinsk region, although by 2010 the Mayak plant should stop dumping liquid radioactive waste after completing a modernisation program, Malyshev said. The Mayak has limits for liquid radioactive waste discharges, and at the moment the authorities are checking whether the plant really followed the set limits, Interfax reported.

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