A public hearing on laboratory whose studies could lead to a deep geologic repository for radioactive waste in Russia’s Krasnoyarsk Region of Siberia drew more than 400 participants Friday, Russia’s National Operator for Radioactive Waste Management (NO RAO) said.
The hearings were held in the closed nuclear city of Zhelenogorsk, according to local Krasnoyarsk Region television broadcasts. The locale of the hearings – which was a major Cold War producer of bomb-grade plutonium –meant only residents of the city could attend without seeking special permission from authorities.
Applications for non-residents to enter the the closed city routinely take several weeks to be reviewed. Foreign parties who might have expert advice to offer on the repository lab aren’t allowed to enter the city at all.
According to Krasnoyarsk television, the 446 participants in the hearing approved plans to move ahead with the laboratory, with 254 voting for it, 49 against and 29 abstaining. Another 112 attended simply to listen, said the television report.