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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Nuclear Facility Failures Dipped in '06

The head of the federal nuclear regulatory agency said Tuesday that the number of failures at the country's nuclear facilities had decreased last year compared with 2005, RIA-Novosti reported.

Konstantin Pulikovsky, head of the Federal Service for Ecological, Technological and Atomic Inspection, said 162 failures had been detected at nuclear facilities, such as atomic power and uranium processing plants, in 2006 -- 21 fewer cases than in 2005. Of those cases, 42 were reported at nuclear power stations -- two failures fewer than the previous year, Pulikovsky said, adding there had been no incidents that led to radioactive emissions last year.

Russia now has 31 reactors at 10 nuclear power plants, providing 16 to 17 percent of total electricity generation.

In recent years, the country has overcome a backlash against nuclear power that followed the April 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster.