Russia’s radioactive waste operator No RAO said today it can apply for a licence to build an underground research laboratory in the Krasnoyarsk region now that documents it prepared for the project have received approval from state environmental agency experts. Earlier this year, public hearings on the plan were held in the city of Zheleznogorsk and “most participants spoke in favour of a unique research center for studies into the possibility of final disposal of Classes 1 and 2 of radioactive waste”, it said. Construction of the laboratory is planned to start next year, it added.

World Nuclear News, December 15, 2015