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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Kiev's Nuclear Fuel




KIEV -- Ukraine might stop sending spent nuclear fuel from its power plants to Russia for reprocessing, and instead keep the waste in domestic storage containers, news reports said Wednesday.


Russia, which provides Ukraine with fuel rods for its nuclear plants, reportedly is planning to raise its tariffs for the transportation, reprocessing and storage of spent fuel starting next year. Now Russia charges Ukraine $280 per kilogram of uranium, about one-half of what it charges Hungary for similar services.


This year, Ukraine will have to pay Russia $83.2 million for handling spent nuclear fuel. So far, $45.5 million has been paid.