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Court Against Nuclear Safety Petersburg and Baltic Region

Baltic Newsletter # 117

The Basmanny Court of Moscow has refused to consider a complaint of the physicist and ecologist Oleg Bodrov to Russian State Nuclear Regulatory Body - Rostekhnadzor (RTN), in which the applicant challenged the legality and safety solutions to extend the operation of the fourth unit of the Leningrad Nuclear Power Plant (LNPP) with its RBMK-1000 reactor. Issued on December 26, 2010, the RTN license extends the operational life of LNPP from 30 to 45 years! That is the world's oldest nuclear power plants with reactors of the Chernobyl series of plans to operate until 2026.

ROSATOM PROMOTES radioactive waste sites 40 km from ST. Petersburg WITHIN 1 Km from the Baltic Sea

Preliminary materials of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for a site for the disposal of radioactive waste have arrived at the administration of Sosnovy Bor, Leningrad Region
According to these documents on the southern shores of the Gulf of Finland, 40 km west of the boundary of St. Petersburg, up to 250 000 cubic meters of radioactive waste (RW) will be buried.
It is about 100 km from Finland and 50 km from Estonia.

The Devaluation of the Nuclear Ambitions of Russia

By 2015 Russia will put into operation 20-25% less power capacity than originally had been planned several years ago. This reduction will affect nuclear power plants to a large extent. In the coming 5 years the power of nuclear power plants will be introduced at a level that is 2.5 times less than projected by government plans. This was reported on 23 March 2010 by the newspaper Vedomosti referring to the Ministry of Energy of Russia).

Brussels against exporting nuclear waste outside EU

Brussels is against member states exporting their nuclear waste to countries outside the EU or to store it in joint sites, energy commissioner Gunther Oettinger said, as the commission is working on a set of common safety standards for this dangerous material.

Environmental Degradation of Russian Coastal Regions: Exploring the Gulf of Finland

An American geographer and Russian ecologist discuss current and prospective environmental hazards precipitated by large-scale infrastructure projects on Russia's southern coast of the Gulf of Finland. The region, investigated by both authors during the course of regular field research from 1999 to 2009, is one of the best environmentally preserved coastlines of the Baltic Sea with abundant potential greenfield sites, largely due to its closed-border-zone status during the Soviet period. A favorable location for trade also places the region under intense development pressure. The authors devote particular attention to two major developments, a multifunctional port complex (which inter alia serves as a major pipeline terminus and oil export port) and expansion of an existing nuclear power plant. Based on extensive personal observations and government documents, they analyze the emerging environmental threat posed by these initiatives as well as the challenging political environment that discourages public participation and local involvement in spatial planning.

Norwegian nuclear waste to Russia?

Baltic Newsletter # 109

News published in the article the journalist Av Mímir Kristjánsson in the Norwegian newspaper Klassenkampen (Class Struggle) from 03.02.2010 :
The Norwegian Government has established a Committee, which recommends that Norwegian nuclear waste be sent to the Mayak plant in Russia.

Russia decided without an environmental impact Assessment to continue operation of the old nuclear reactor of the leningrad NPP

Baltic Newsletter # 106

On 9 December 2009 Rosenergoatom (Russian NPPs operator) gave notice of the granting by Rostekhnadzor (Russian NPPs regulator) of the license for the third energy bloc, thereby extending the life of the Leningrad NPP until 31 January 2025. This is 15 years longer than the designers of these reactors planned.
The decision was taken behind closed doors, without public hearings, without an analysis of the possible alternative solutions of the energy problem. An environmental impact assessment, required by law, was not conducted.

Reducing Consumption of Natural Gas in the Republic of Belarus: Nuclear and Innovation Scenarios

Reducing Consumption of Natural Gas in the Republic of Belarus: Nuclear and Innovation Scenarios: monograph. / DECOMATOM – an International Network of the non-governmental organizations for the investigation international experience for the safety decommission of nuclear power plants

Siemens Seeks to Cash In on Russia's Atomic Adventure

Nuclear power is back in vogue in Russia, with 26 new reactors scheduled for construction by 2030. German industrial giant Siemens has grabbed a piece of the pie. But safety and financial concerns threaten to overshadow the country's atomic ambitions.

Conclusion from East-West Network´s meeting in Copenhagen 7-9 Nov. 2008

The East-West Network is an association of NGOs and left-wing parties from the East and West of Europe and the Nordic countries. The Network has existed for four years and is serving to facilitate and coordinate European green-left exchange and collaboration on subjects of common interest. The Network has so far focused on environmental issues, on gender equality, and labour market conditions, as well as on human rights. In these fields the Network has generated cross-national initiatives and international cooperation on political level and grass-roots level.