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In Russia imported a new batch of uranium waste.

"Rosatom" argues that the shipment of depleted uranium is not dangerous transportation of coal, but environmentalists raise the alarm.

St. Petersburg imported the largest batch of toxic waste from Germany - 1250 tonnes of uranium hexafluoride. The Dutch ship "Schouwenbank" with dangerous goods on board drop anchor in the coal harbor city harbor. Waste will travel to Siberia on one of the enterprises, processing of radioactive waste.

To date, into Russia from Western Europe have already imported about 100 thousand tons of depleted uranium hexafluoride at doobogaschenie.

According to contracts entered into with the European firm Urenco and Eurodif, radioactive waste come to Russia through the port of St. Petersburg and is followed in Seversk (Tomsk Region), Angarsk (Irkutsk Region), Zelenogorsk (Krasnoyarsk region) or Novouralsk (Sverdlovskaya region). There are radioactive wastes "doobogaschenie. As a result, approximately one tenth of all the waste becomes usable once again to "eat" and sent back to Europe. The remaining 90% of waste remain on the territory of Russia. Storage of radioactive waste in Russia is prohibited by federal law "On Environmental Protection". Breaking contracts with European companies, "Rosatom" can not - they have been made in the 1990's. According to the head of Rosatom Sergei Kiriyenko, Russia intends to comply with obligations under previously signed contracts, but their duration will not extend. Contracts signed with German company Urenco until 2009 and the French company Eurodif until 2014.

Environmentalists gather regularly to measure background radiation near the containers with waste, and organize protests. Greenpeace and Ekozaschita plans to raise the issue of smuggling of uranium hexafluoride to Russia and prepare a treatment in the General Prosecutor's Office.


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