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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Norway Helps Out On Nuclear Waste

A nuclear waste dump, upgraded at the expense of the Norwegian government, was opened Friday as part of a program to help cash-strapped Russia dismantle its more than 100 aging submarines rusting in northern bases.

The dump in the town of Severodvinsk, home to a major submarine base of the Northern Fleet, was built in the 1960s. The Norwegian Kvaerner Maritime company has modernized it.

The dump will now be able to accommodate 2,000 cubic meters of fluid nuclear waste, allowing the navy to scrap six nuclear submarines a year, Kvaerner's project director said.

Norway has agreed to finance the project due to its long-standing concern about the nuclear risks posed by decommissioned subs that are awaiting dismantling in Russian naval bases on the Kola Peninsula.

Russian officials have acknowledged that some of the submarines were decommissioned 25 years ago, and have languished dockside because the government hasn't been able to afford construction of adequate dismantling and storage facilities.