The representatives of the profile ministries, departments and project organizations of Energoatom National Company together with the members of Ukrainian parliament discussed the building project of the nuclear waste storage for four Ukrainian nuclear stations.

Energoatom the current operator of the nuclear power plants initiated the meeting. The participants backed the initiation concerning the nuclear waste storage which is extremelly needed in the light of the economical and political situation of Ukraine-Russia relations because Ukraine still sends its nuclear waste to Russia.

According to Energoatom calculations, the total sum of expenses on constrauction and exploitation of the storage in Ukraine will make $520 million; the current price for russain storge makes $2 milliard for prices of 2005. The new storage will serve for Yuzhno-Ukrainskaya, Rivno and Khmelnitskaya nuclear power plants. Zaporizhzhye nuclear plant using its own waste storage saves $40 million annually.

The parties failed to agree on the place where the new storage will be constructed. There two place where it may be done – Chernobyl Shelter or Khmelnitsky nuclear plant.

All participants stressed that the realization of the project must be executed in accordance with the law of Ukraine “On the conditions of placing, projecting and construction of nuclear objects and equipment intended for nuclear waste having of national importance.” Such decision must be passed by Verkhovna Rada through the corresponding law.


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