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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Single Waste Site Sought

MOSCOW () -- A Russian nuclear power plant director says Russia needs a single facility for the storage of radioactive waste now scattered across the country.

Itar-Tass on Monday quoted Anatoly Yeperin, the head of the Leningrad plant not far from St. Petersburg, as saying a unified facility may pose less danger than the multitude of storage sites in Russia.

"It will be much safer," he said, " for Russians to accumulate all (nuclear) wastes in a single, properly outlined and monitored far-off site ... on the island of Novaya Zemlya or somewhere else in the northern latitudes, where there already are burials of wastes from nuclear submarines."

Radioactive waste long has been a time bomb for Russia. It was dumped virtually everywhere, from the Ural Mountains rivers to the shallow waters of the northern seas. Small radioactive deposits even have been discovered in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia's second-largest city.