Russian Emergencies Ministry plans to hold in 2013, two expeditions to survey dangerous underwater objects, including radioactive waste, dumped in the Kara Sea and the Baltic, told RIA Novosti on Wednesday, a representative of the Department of Fire and rescue services department.
According to the ministry, at different times in the Gulf of the Kara Sea were buried many facilities after nuclear testing at Novaya Zemlya of nuclear icebreaker "Lenin" and the nuclear submarine K-27. Only Zemlya trough, according to preliminary data MOE, there are about 1.2 thousand dangerous underwater nuclear facilities.
"In the bays of the New Earth to explore the levels of radioactive contamination of the water and the top of the sediment dynamics of changes in the content of artificial radionuclides," — said the source.
According to him, specialists will also install standalone devices operational monitoring of dangerous underwater objects in order to continuously monitor the level of radioactivity.
"The second expedition under the plan will be in the region of Kaliningrad Baltiysk demining German barge with ammunition," — said the representative office.
German barge was discovered in 2010 near the central coast of the Baltic Kaliningrad. It is located at a depth of 15 meters at a distance of 1.5 kilometers from the shore. The length of the barge — 70 meters, width — 8 meters. According to preliminary estimates, on board approximately 10-12 thousand shells. The first 530 of them were brought to the surface and disposed of two years ago.
In late August 2012 after the signing of all necessary contract work under the Baltic resumed. Only the surface has been raised 737 explosive devices, including 628 artillery shells and 107 faustpatronov. Divers MOE conducted under water for more than 110 hours, only 62 were carried out descent.
Similar work has already been carried out in 2009 in the town of Pioneer Kaliningrad region, but there was a small barge with a small amount of ammunition — only 117 units.
Formation of the register of potentially dangerous objects underwater, submerged in internal waters and territorial sea of Russia is entrusted to the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Russian Federation government resolution. Now register contains over 24 thousand individual objects. They contain a solid radioactive waste, chemical warfare agents and munitions, and are mostly at depths of up to 500 meters.