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Scientists: the project of a new nuclear test site in Primorye done secretly
Scientists in Primorye did not know anything about the plans of the Zvezda Far Eastern Shipyard to build a landfill for the temporary storage of radioactive waste. While environmentalists are in no hurry to sound the alarm, but would like to see the design and engineering documentation in order to assess the scope of the project.
According to EastRussia, doctor of biological sciences, chief researcher at the Pacific Oceanological Institute. V. I. Ilyicheva FEB RAS Vladimir Rakov, so far in the situation with the modernization of the storage of radioactive waste, ecologists have more questions than answers.
“Of course, it is more convenient to throw garbage right at the entrance of the house than to bring it into the trash can for fifty meters, but this is not about solid municipal waste, but radioactive - extremely dangerous for the environment. Where on the small and developed territory of the city, through which the federal highway and the railway pass, there is a reservoir from which the city drinks water, a RW site will be located, in which only the sanitary protection zone must be at least one km? If the modernization of the facility occurs on the shore of the Ussuri Gulf - in general, as they say "Carcasses of the light - throw a grenade." After all, it is a potential source of pollution of the aquatic environment, where at a distance of a visual review, within some 10-15 km, is Vladivostok with its famous recreation centers, the All-Russian Children's Center "Ocean", as well as habitats, migrations and fishing species of fish and invertebrates, ”commented Vladimir Rakov.
The scientist recalled that before the construction of such facilities a whole range of measures should be taken: environmental impact assessment, state environmental review, public hearings.
“For this, the Federal Law“ On Environmental Protection ”has a special article No. 40 with requirements for the placement, design, construction and commissioning and operation of the RW storage facility itself. Why haven’t you heard anything about this project before? Why is everything done secretly, with violations of the procedure for providing project materials (explanatory note, environmental impact assessment, conclusions of the state environmental review) to the public of the region? ”, Vladimir Rakov resents.
Last week JSC DVZ "Star" announced a tender for construction and installation works on the facility “Site for temporary storage of solid radioactive waste (SRW)”. The initial price of the lot is 160 million rubles. The customer set the deadlines for the work to be done - they should erect the object and prepare it for work in 270 days. Now the temporary storage is almost completely full and has an increased level of radiation.