The subject of the book is estimation and analysis of nuclear industry condition, facilities for reprocessing and storing of spent nuclear fuel (SNF) and perspectives to import foreign SNF for storage and reprocessing to the Russian Federation. Besides, the aim of the book is to present independent estimation of the nuclear safety condition at the nuclear enterprises, situated in the Russian Federation.
The book describes in great detail facilities at Siberian Chemical Combine in Seversk (Tomsk-7), Krasnoyarsk Mining and Chemical Combine in Zheleznogorsk (Krasnoyarsk-26), Electro-chemical Plant (Krasnoyarsk-45), Mayak reprocessing plant (Ozersk, Chelyabinsk-65), Novosibirsk Chemical Concentrates Plant, Electro-Chemical Plant in Ural (Sverdlovsk-44, Novouralsk), Cherepetsky Mechanical Plant (Glazov). It also gives a review of plutonium decommission in Russia, regulation of nuclear materials management, physical security of nuclear enterprises in Russia, questions of nuclear legislation, health condition of personnel working at the nuclear enterprises.
The book reveals the weaknesses in providing nuclear safety at the nuclear enterprises; helps to analyse previous mistakes made during usage of nuclear installations and management of SNF; recommends improvement of normative base to ensure safety in nuclear industry.
According to the President of the Academy for Engineer Sciences, Academician and Nobelist, Aleksandr Prokhorov, It is the first attempt, undertaken in Russia, to systemise and generalise information about accidents at nuclear enterprises.
The book prompts the following conclusions:
The author also concludes that the scope of environmental issues is far more challenging then admitted by officials. And calls on all the nuclear club courtiers to unite efforts to overcome the consequences of the thoughtless polices of the past, and prevent development of such polices for the future.