ArmInfo. The Rosatom-Armenia negotiations on the return of nuclear waste are underway but they have taken no specific shape yet, Oleg Kryukov, Director for Public Policy on Radioactive Waste, Spent Nuclear Fuel and Nuclear Decommissioning at ROSATOM, has told ArmInfo.
He says that in accordance with the Russian legislation, nuclear waste is to be returned to the producer. But in Armenia, it is stored at the SNF storage facility for a number of reasons. Kryukov says that ROSATOM is willing to offer integrated services to Armenia, including provision of special containers, as well as construction of a special storage facility for acceptance and further burial.
He notes that Russia seeks to prevent accumulation of nuclear waste. The amount of the emerging nuclear waste should be less than the waste being processed and stored. A division has been created for nuclear decommissioning, he says. He recalls that in 2015 the federal target program "On ensuring nuclear and radiation safety for 2008 and for the period until 2015" was successfully completed. "All solutions and technologies will be further developed and applied under the new federal target program on ensuring nuclear and radiation safety for the period of 2016-2020 and for the period until 2030," says Oleg Kryukov.
To recall, there is no opportunity to bring the nuclear waste out of the Armenian Nuclear Power Plant due to transport problems. A SNF storage facility was built on the site of the NPP and it can stay there for 50 years.