Scientists evaluate the radiological situation at the island of Novaya Zemlya

Members of the expedition Roshydromet and the Norwegian Radiation Protection in August and September will assess the radiological situation in the flooded areas of dangerous objects at the island of Novaya Zemlya, the report said Hydromet.

The first major field studies in the flooded areas of nuclear submarines, spent nuclear fuel and radioactive waste in the Arctic Ocean were in 1992-1994, when the results confirmed that the submerged objects do not present an acute hazard to the environment.

The new expedition will take place on the route, generally following the route expeditions decades ago. This expedition will help scientists assess the dynamics of change. A group of 16 researchers from the Norwegian and Russian research institutions, as well as the International Atomic Energy Agency, on board the Russian vessel "John Smith" will work in the area of the island of Novaya Zemlya in the bay area and Stepovaya Litke and adjacent to these bays the Kara Sea.

"During the flight tests will be selected by the Marine Environment, held spectrometric measurements, as well as a survey of the most significant of submerged objects using remotely operated underwater vehicle. Measurements and sampling will be carried out in areas of major flooding radioactive facilities, will be examined separately state submerged nuclear submarine boats "K-27", the possibility that recovery is now regarded as in Russia, and at the international level, "- said in a statement.

Nuclear submarine "K-27" Project 645 came out on sea trials in 1963. It was the first in the Soviet Union experienced submarine with steam supply system, in nuclear reactors that used the liquid metal (an alloy of lead and bismuth). However, already in 1968, as a result of violations of heat removal from the core occurred overheating and destruction of the fuel elements in one of the reactors of the submarine. Nine members of the crew during the accident received fatal doses of radiation. All mechanisms boats were put out of action and conserved. "K-27" was transferred to the sludge for long term storage. In 1981, the boat reactors were sealed, she was towed to the Kara Sea and flooded in the New Earth.

It is planned that the "John Doe" will be released from Arkhangelsk approximately August 24 and will return to port on September 25.

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