Greenpeace: in the Urals taking this year's first batch of uranium tails from Germany

Vessel the Vessel “Mikhail Dudin” in the port of Saint-Petersburg, 22 Dec 2019
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In the Russian port of Ust-Luga in the Leningrad region the ship’s heading with the new 600-ton cargo dump uranium hexafluoride, the so – called uranium tails with German companies in Gronau, reported on the website of the Russian branch of Greenpeace. According to the organization, the vessel “Mikhail Dudin” moved out of Amsterdam and will arrive in the Leningrad region on March 16.

the destination of the goods – Novoural’sk, Sverdlovsk region, after enrichment on a large part of the uranium tails remain in Russia, the report said. Anti-nuclear expert of Greenpeace Rashid Alimov noted that this year’s first shipment of radioactive waste in the Russian Federation. According to him, may-2019 “tails” brought 10 times every two weeks.

“the Break in the beginning of the year, perhaps related to the fact that because of the protests “Rosatom” stand point of arrival from the port of St. Petersburg to Ust-Luga”, – said Alimov. In January, Greenpeace handed over the Deputy Minister of ecology of Germany 70 thousand signatures against the import of Russian uranium “tails.”

Governor of Sverdlovsk region Yevgeny Kuyvashev said in January that imported into the territory of the Ural electrochemical plant waste – “we need to work raw materials.” Rosenergoatom in late January announced that the uranium “tails” were used in Russia for the operation of the reactors of nuclear power plants.

According to the document of the authorities of North Rhine – Westphalia, from 2019 to 2022 to Russia from Germany is planned to send 12 thousand tons of “uranium tails” is more than a thousand containers and approximately 20 trains.