Russia sites new nuclear waste dump

June 22, 2005 at 3:57 PM
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MOSCOW, June 22 (UPI) -- A Russian official said Wednesday the Kremlin approved building a so-called dry storage facility for spent nuclear fuel in central Siberia.

The facility will be constructed near Krasnoyarsk and is expected to be less expensive to operate than other wet storage facilities, Novosti news agency said.

In addition, dry storage facilities reduce the level of secondary radioactive waste, take less time to build and are cheaper, the official said.

Russia has 213 nuclear units; 454 storage facilities for nuclear substances and highly radioactive waste; 1,058 storage facilities for lower-level radioactive substances and wastes; and about 16,500 radioactive sources.

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