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Nuclear Fuel Regeneration Plant Approved in Krasnoyarsk-26

INTERFAX 31 Oct 94

The authorities of the Krasnoyarsk Territory, Siberia, gave consent for the construction of a nuclear station fuel regeneration plant in the Krasnoyarsk-26 nuclear center.

Officials in the territorial administration told Interfax that its deputy head, Sergey Arich, had signed a document, drafted by the Nuclear Energy Ministry, endorsing the project. The territorial authorities had for 30 months obstructed the project due to environmental considerations. A preliminary agreement on construction of the plant was reached last April. The plant will be able to handle about 4000 fuel rods. The project will cost 3.5 trillion rubles in early 1994 prices. The construction will take 10 years. Ukraine, Slovenia, Switzerland, Taiwan and Japan have expressed interest in the plant, territorial officials said.

The Nuclear Energy Ministry and the local authorities are negotiating the construction in Krasnoyarsk-26 of a storage facility for fissible substances to be obtained from nuclear warheads under the arms limitation treaty with the U.S. The territorial administration does not agree to having storage facilities of either the warheads or the highly enriched uranium, obtained from them, on its soil.

Other proposed sites for storing nuclear warheads and processing plants are the Chelyabinsk Region in the Urals and the Tomsk Region in Western Siberia.

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