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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Nuclear Storage Tests

MOSCOW -- Russia was to test a new container for storing spent nuclear fuel Tuesday, as it tries to improve the security of its nuclear waste storage.

The metal-and-concrete container can be used to store up to 5 tons of nuclear waste for about 50 years, senior Nuclear Power Ministry official Nina Yanovskaya said Monday, according to Interfax.

The container will be tested at the Mednoye Ozero lakeside base near St. Petersburg, she said.

Russia's methods of storing nuclear waste have been under international scrutiny, especially since retired naval officer Alexander Nikitin spoke out two years ago against the dangers posed by the careless handling of the waste.