Completion of a contract with the United States for processing of Russian weapons-grade uranium to the energy will not reduce the number of employees by Electrochemical Plant (ECP) in the closed Zelenogorsk Krasnoyarsk Territory. A significant reduction of the environmental impacts associated with the completion of such uranium processing is also not expected.
In the course of the technical tour of the ECP members of the Public Council of the State Corporation "Rosatom" and the members of the working group on radiation safety in the Civil Assembly of the Krasnoyarsk Territory and the question was raised by the completion of the Russian-American program processing of weapons-grade uranium "Megatons to Megawatts" (or "HEU" ) in which the ECP participated for over 17 years.
"In October, the HEU program will be shut down permanently. Whether this will lead to an overall reduction of emissions and waste your company, and how the end of the contract will be reflected in the number of personnel ECP? "
— asked for a meeting with experts ECP Russian coordinator of the international coalition, "Rivers without Boundaries" Alexander batters.
"Reducing emissions and discharges in connection with the termination of the HEU-LEU would be, but little since this production is making almost imperceptible contribution to the total emissions of the enterprise"
— According to the Head of Environmental Services "PO" ECP "" Tatiana Sirotenko.
"As for the fate of the personnel area, where the program is executed HEU, then on the basis of this plot has created a new production for obtaining highly enriched uranium oxide — products for the fast-neutron reactors, — said the deputy chief engineer of nuclear, radiation and environmental safety of "PA" ECP "" Cyril Bocharov. Therefore, staff who worked on the program HEU has passed retraining and is now working on a new production. "
Recall that in the 17 years of the contract on the electrochemical plant was redesigned about a third of the 500 tons of highly enriched uranium provided by the US-Russian HEU Agreement. From this, it received more than 4 million tons of low-enriched uranium overseas took about 2.5 thousand containers.