to Import Nuclear Waste From Bulgaria, Ecologists Say
Bloomberg, Moscow,16 May 2003
Bulgarian official confirms
plans to return waste nuclear fuel rods to Russia
Bulgarian News Network, Sofia, 16 May 2003
Russia to Import Nuclear Waste From Bulgaria, Ecologists
Russia plans to import 20 tons of Bulgarian nuclear
waste in early June under a $12.5 million contract, said Ecodefense,
a Russian environmental group. Russia's Nuclear Energy Ministry expects
to get permission in late May to import the waste from Bulgaria's Kozloduy
Nuclear Power Plant and to ship it across Moldova and Ukraine, Ecodefense
said in an e-mailed statement.
``This is our contract obligation, to take back
spent nuclear fuel from Soviet-built nuclear power plants,'' Nikolay
Shingaryov, a spokesman for the ministry, said in a telephone interview.
``This will be the first but not the last shipment from Bulgaria this
In 2001, Russia passed a law allowing it to import
nuclear waste to store and process back into fuel for power stations.
Environmental activists, some political parties and the population of
regions contaminated by radiation, such as Chelyabinsk, protested the
Russia also plans to import nuclear waste from Hungary
and may also take it from South Korea. It's already received shipments
from Ukraine this year.
``In addition to a danger of a possible accident
nuclear-waste transportation, there is also a probability that
trains with the spent nuclear fuel can be a target for a terrorist
attack or thief,'' Vladimir Slivyak, co-chairman of Ecodefense,
said in the statement.
Bulgarian official confirms plans to return waste
nuclear fuel rods to Russia
A Bulgarian official on Friday confirmed a report
that his country was negotiating to return 20 metric tons (22 U.S. tons)
of exhausted nuclear fuel rods for recycling in Russia.
Russian rbc.ru quoted environmental group Ekozashtita
(Ecoprotection) as urging the Russian government to scrap the $12.5
Bulgaria would pay some $130,000 of transportation
expenses to return the waste fuel rods from its only nuclear power plant
in Kozlodui for recycling in the Mayak plant in the Russian city of
Chelyabinsk, the report said.
“The return of the waste nuclear fuel is in
a process of licensing,” Deputy Chairman of the Bulgarian Agency
on Nuclear Regulation Borislav Stanimirov told the BNN in a telephone
Stanimirov dismissed Ekozashtita claims that processing
Bulgarian nuclear waste in Russia was “economically unprofitable,
environmentally dangerous and illegal.”
“Bulgaria obviously has Russia’s consent
to return that fuel,” Stanimirov told the BNN. He added a series
of licenses was still needed to start the transportation of the rods.