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Yeltsin Visit to Krasnoyarsk Continues -- Says Plutonium Production Redundant

Moscow ITAR-TASS World Service 28 Jul 94

By ITAR-TASS correspondents Lyudmila Aleksandrova and Yuriy Khots

[Excerpt] Krasnoyarsk, 28 Jul -- Before the end of September this year Russian President Boris Yeltsin will sign an edict on the future of the mining and chemical combine and the works for the processing of used nuclear fuel PT-2 in Krasnoyarsk-26, which is now under construction. He said it to journalists today during his visit to this closed town of nuclear workers. The president visited a reactor works, where the last reactor for manufacturing arms plutonium is still operating, and examined the plant's first stage for the storage of fuel for the atomic power stations. "The mining and chemical combine will live," the president said. While the remaining third reactor for the production of plutonium, he said, "will be definitely shut down." "We do not need any arms plutonium as it is not in our plans to build up nuclear weapons," Boris Yeltsin added.

However, it is not a simple matter to shut down a reactor, because it is providing two towns with fuel supplies, the president continued. In this connection, Boris Yeltsin said, the construction of the works for restoring used nuclear fuel, which has been frozen up to now, will be continued. A modern atomic power station will be constructed.

As Vyacheslav Savelyev, the director of the RT-2 works told journalists, it will take 12 years and nearly two trillion rubles to complete the project. The president agreed that the problem of Krasnoyarsk-26 "is very serious and expensive." It cannot be resolved in one year. The reactor is expected to be shut down not before the year 2000. However the main thing for people is certainty, confidence that they will not be made redundant and that they will have jobs, the president stressed. The president, as he said, had given residents of Krasnoyarsk-26 this certainty. [passage omitted]

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