In 2001, President Vladimir Putin signed a raft of legislation allowing for the import of radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel (SNF) from other countries. The plan was one that former Minster of Atomic Energy lobbied hard for―to the point of bribing some Duma deputies. Adamov promised Russia would reap $20 billion over 10 years for the import and reprocessing of foreign SNF. But Russia’s single reprocessing plant―Mayak― cannot handle certain types of fuel being imported. Thus Russia is fast becoming a storage facility for radioactive waste.
The European Union’s Commissioner for or Consumers’ Protection, Meglena Kuneva, issued the European body’s first salvo against Bulgaria restarting reactors at Bulgaria’s Kozloduy Nuclear Power Plant – a notion Sofia is vocally considering to combat gas shortages amid Russian and Ukrainian gas price and transport wrangling.comments
The head of the Russian Nuclear Agency, or Rosatom, Sergey Kiriyenko stated that while discussing with the Russian MPs nuclear industry reforms on December 6th.comments
The meeting was organised on December 3rd by the Russian NGOs: Baikal Environmental Wave, Baikal Movement and National Bolshevik Party. The activists demanded full information about establishment of the International Nuclear Centre in Angarsk, Irkutsk region, revealing the cancer statistics in the region, prohibition of nuclear and chemical waste storage in Angarsk, Geiger counter for all local inhabitants.comments