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06/02/1992

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Plan for ship's reactors sparks controversy

ST. PETERSBURG - Russian energy officials, in an effort to solve an energy crisis and comply with an arms reduction treaty, have made plans to remove the nuclear reactors from war ships in the Murmansk fleet and convert them for civilian use in the St. Petersburg region, according to scientists involved in the project. The plan was drafted by the Voyekova All-Union Atomic, Society as a means of filling the energy gap created by the anticipated closing of the Sosnovy Bor Nuclear Station near St. Petersburg, the site of a radiation leak in March. The plan would allow the Russians to claim further compliance with the START treaty signed by Reagan and Gorbachev, which set guidelines for the reduction of the nuclear fleets of both superpowers. No timetable for the plan has been set yet by the government, which has still not decided what to do with the crippled Sosnovy Bor station.
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