Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Russian Nuclear Waste in Arctic Alarming

Enormous Quantities of Russian Radioactive Waste Dumped in Arctic Seas By Charles Digges, Bellona. Sep 4, 2012

[Excerpted] Enormous quantities of decommissioned Russian nuclear reactors and radioactive waste were dumped into the Kara Sea in the Arctic Ocean north of Siberia over a course of decades, according to documents given to Norwegian officials by Russian authorities and published in Norwegian media. 

Bellona had received in 2011 a draft of a similar report prepared for Russia’s Gossoviet, the State Council, for presentation at a meeting presided over by then-president Dmitry Medvedev on Russian environmental security.

The Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom confirmed the figures in February of this year during a seminar it jointly held with Bellona in Moscow.

Bellona is alarmed by the extent of the dumped Soviet waste, which is far greater than was previously known – not only to Bellona, but also to the Russian authorities themselves.

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 radiactively contaminated heavy machinery, and the K-27 nuclear submarine with its two reactors loaded with nuclear fuel....

Bellona thinks that Russia has passed its report to Norway as a veiled cry for help, as the exent of the problem is far too great for Moscow to handle on its own....

Kudrik said that one of the most critical pieces of information missing from the report released to the Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority was the presence of the K-27 nuclear submarine, which was scuttled in 50 kilometers of water with its two reactors filled with spent nuclear fuel in in Stepovogo Bay in the Kara Sea in 1981.

Information that the reactors about the K-27 could reachieve criticality and explode was released at the Bellona-Rosatom seminar in February....


  1. Majia, can we link a couple of topics from the past two weeks.

    Last week you reported on arctic sea ice.

    Other than the fact that we've been coming out of the little ice age for a few hundred years, there has been some question as to why the arctic sea ice has been melting - as global temp changes cannot account for the amount of arctic sea ice loss.

    Some had speculated that there must be some undersea source of heat causing it - perhaps new volcanos, or steam vents.

    Surely a few shiploads of nuclear waste and a few used nuclear reactors couldn't be a factor could they?


    1. Very interesting observation James

      Perhaps all that radiation dumped in the Arctic is playing a role....

      The lies and deceptions are so thick that all we can do is try and connect the empirical dots....

  2. Why map the radioactive waste in the Kara sea? Is it so the radioactive waste can be removed and stored properly or is it so oil exploration can take place without drilling into something radioactive?

    Drilling in the Kara Sea.
    Rosneft and ExxonMobil Strategic Agreement takes shape


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