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MURMANSK, April 18 (RIA Novosti) - The Northwestern Naval Radioactive Waste Management Center and the Governor of Norway’s Finnmark Province have signed radiation safety cooperation agreements in Murmansk, the Press Service of the Murmansk Region Government said on Thursday.
In 2012, the Murmansk Region Government and the Governor of the Finnmark Province implemented several joint radiation safety projects. For example, both parties cooperated on removing radiation-protection systems from the bodies of radio-isotope thermo-electric generators and delivered the resulting radioactive waste to the RosRAO Radioactive Waste Management Company for storage.
This contract was fulfilled completely in March 2013, and over ten metric tons of depleted uranium from radio-isotope thermo-electric generators was disposed of. The parties also started installing alternative power-supply sources at Russian lighthouses in the Baltic Sea.
The new projects include programs at a technical base in Andreyeva Bay where spent nuclear fuel is removed from nuclear-powered submarines for storage and processing, and where radioactive waste is also stored. The base is about 50 kilometers away from Murmansk and the Russian-Norwegian border. The infrastructure is in need of a major overhaul, and tougher security measures are also required.
Russian and Norwegian specialists will do their best to expand the infrastructure of the storage facility and to train personnel.
“The new contracts include provisions stipulating construction of purification and decontamination facilities in Andreyeva Bay, the development of a computer software package to train contractor employees and personnel in safety when working at hazardous nuclear facilities and other projects,” the Press Service reported.
The Northwestern Naval Radioactive Waste Management Center was established in 2000 by a Government Executive Order as a Minatom enterprise for radioactive waste management.
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Ukraine has never been a nuclear weapons-state and never had control over the nuclear weapons that were located on its territory following the collapse of the Soviet Union. It doesn’t have the research, technical or industrial capacity to develop and produce nuclear weapons in the short term.