Ukraine currently does not have at its disposal secure construction technology of nuclear waste depository (NWD). The Chairman of the State Committee for Nuclear Management Olena Mykolaichuk revealed it to the journalists.

According to her words, the launch of the object had been scheduled on August 2005 but later on the proposed technologies appeared to be unsafe. “We are open for proposals; lots of money was invested in the object,” noted Mykolaichuk. According to data, over $100 million have already invested in the project and it needs another $50-60 million. She expects the construction to be completed by 2010.

Touching upon terms of exploitation, Mykolaichuk stressed that the time limits for release of the power-generating unit #4 were expired four years ago. The situation is rather critical because the time limit for project exploitation of generating unit #1 will have been expired in 2007 and the generating unit #2 – in 2008, the Chairman said.

As a reminder, on April 26 the world will commemorate the 20th Anniversary of Chernobyl disaster. In the wake of it the European scientists urge the European Parliament to conduct an independent investigation of Chernobyl aftermath. They allege that the International Atomic Energy Agency underestimates the seriousness of the situation and the real consequences of the catastrophe.


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