Germany to send 12,000 tons of nuclear waste to RussiaChristian Fernsby ▼ | October 25, 2019
After a hiatus of 10 years, Russia has started importing radioactive waste from Europe once again.
Europe Between 2019 and 2022, Russia will receive 12,000 tons of depleted uranium
Topics: Germany nuclear waste Russia
The waste will comprise of so-called “uranium tailings”, byproducts of the enrichment process used to make fuel for nuclear power plants, GreenPeace notes.
Russia actively imported these materials in the 2000s, but ended the practice in 2009 under pressure from eco-activists, when it was discovered that the waste was being stored in rusty containers under the open sky.
The new contract with Russia was signed by the German subsidiary of the UK-based Urenco Group.
The deal was made behind closed doors, but news of it came out after members of Germany’s Bundestag sent an inquiry to the Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, TAZ writes. ■