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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Finns to Bury Waste

HELSINKI () -- Finland said Thursday it planned to bury its own spent fuel, ending nuclear waste shipments back to neighboring Russia from next year.


State-owned nuclear power firm Imatran Voima and private Teollisuuden Voima said they will jointly dig a 500-meter deep pit in the Finnish bedrock, costing just under $800 million.


Imatran Voima buys Russian fuel and currently returns its spent rods.


Environmental lobby group Greenpeace has alleged that plutonium is separated from the spent fuel in Russia and used for arms, but the Finnish state company denies this.