Arctic waste storage plans draw divided opinions from environmentalists (January 2016)

Russia’s national operator for radioactive waste management has received approval from the Arkhangelsk Regional Government to allow subsurface storage of low- and medium level nuclear waste beneath the permafrost of the Novaya Zemlya Archipelago in the Russian Arctic.

Novaya Zemlya, long used as a nuclear bomb testing site in Soviet times, has been slated by a government plan to receive radioactive waste currently in temporary storage in Northwestern Russia, such as the Severodvinsk naval yard, Alexander Nikitin, chairman of the Environmental Rights Center Bellona, said.

Nikitin, along with representatives of Russia’s state nuclear corporation Rosatom, initially presented the Novaya Zemlya storage plan to the Arkhangelsk Regional Legislative Assembly on November 25 for approval, which they received.

Published on January 7, 2016 by Charles Digges; Read story at

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