Andrew McKillop: Russian “expert​ise” in nuclear wast​e management​

Posted: September 19, 2012 by tallbloke in Energy, Nuclear power, Politics

Alexander Yemelyanenkov, Russia Now
02 Jul 2012

Rosatom, the Russian nuclear energy giant, is to apply for a licence in the
hope of winning contracts to build power stations in North Wales and

The state atomic energy corporation, is holding consultations over
its possible involvement in the British nuclear programme, according to
deputy director general Kirill Komarov. He was speaking on the sidelines of
Atomexpo-2012, a nuclear power trade fair in Moscow, attended by 1,300
company heads and specialists from 53 countries.

The Norwegian environmental group Bellona Fondation reported in August
that Russia has admitted that it dumped 19 radioactive ships plus 14
nuclear reactors – some of them containing fissible material – into the

The catalogue of waste dumped at sea by the Soviets, according to documents
seen by Bellona, and which were today released by the Norwegian daily
Aftenposten, includes some 17,000 containers of radioactive waste, 19 ships
containing radioactive waste, 14 nuclear reactors, including five that
still contain spent nuclear fuel; 735 other pieces of radioactively
contaminated heavy machinery, and the K-27 nuclear submarine with its two
reactors loaded with nuclear fuel.

Per Strand of the Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority told Aftenposten
that the information on the radioactive waste had come from the Russian
authorities gradually.

  1. tgmccoy says:

    The K-27 is not very deeply buried something like 33m or so, and still is dangerous..
    Does not give me the warm fuzzies..

  2. Caz says:

    We used to dump radioactive waste at sea too. It’s now banned worldwide. To pick on the Russians alone is purely a polititcal point.

    As far as I am aware very low level waste is still discharged from Drigg into the Irish sea.

  3. Michael Hart says:

    I’d expect that politically it may be a hard sell, and I’m broadly in favour of nuclear power. On the other hand, if they have learnt from previous mistakes then they may have a lot of expertise regarding how not to do it.

    Over the years I have heard several anecdotes to the effect that people were surprised just how little radioactivity was detected emanating from dump sites in the Baltic Sea.

    Cost aside, I still haven’t heard a persuasive technical argument against vitrification as a long term containment technology. The last time I checked, sand [quartz] on beaches is still not very soluble in seawater either kinetically or thermodynamically…and never yet heard of anybody complaining that their windows dissolve in the rain.

  4. Brian H says:

    Bah! Vitrification blows. Radiation gradually turns the glass into lemon Jello, which leaks badly. Super-secret Bulgarian reports verify this.

    Or SLT.


  5. Michael Hart says:

    I expect that’s why granite is such a soft rock. 🙂