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From Germany to Russia had sent a new shipment of hundreds of tons of nuclear waste on Monday, June 22. About it reports DW.
According to the statement of environmental NGO Ecodefense, made on Tuesday, June 23, the freight train of 600 tons of radioactive waste from the plant’s uranium enrichment Urenco in the German city of Gronau went to Russia.
At the Ural electrochemical plant, located in Novouralsk (Sverdlovsk oblast), was sent 12 cars from waste produced during the enrichment of uranium during the production of fuel for nuclear power plants (NPPs). Information about exactly when the part will arrive in Russia, not specified. According to the ecologists, part of waste containers sent by truck to Amsterdam, where they will be loaded on the vessel “Mikhail Dudin”, which in early July will arrive in the port of Ust-Luga near St. Petersburg.
Estimated environmental NGO in Russia from the beginning of 2020 was delivered more than three thousand tons of nuclear waste. So, last load of 600 tons of waste came from Germany on 15 June. Due to the fact that the validity of the permission on the import to Russia of uranium waste through the ports of the Netherlands extended to 2023, environmentalists fear that the transportation of nuclear waste into the country in the coming years will continue.
In 2019 the supply of uranium waste from Germany to Russia has resumed. Despite the fact that Russian laws prohibit importation from abroad of nuclear waste for storage or disposal, allowed the import of nuclear materials for enrichment with subsequent return to the foreign supplier. According to such, up to 98 percent of the volume of imported waste will forever remain in Russia.
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