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URENCO is owned by the UK government, the Dutch government, and two German utilities. They have an enrichment facility in New Mexico, as well. Germany has sent radioactive waste to be burned in Tennessee, USA, and has attempted to send more nuclear waste to the United States: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2017/09/29/official-us-citizens-advisory-board-recommends-against-the-import-of-german-high-level-nuclear-waste-for-processing-and-dumping German nuclear sludge was reportedly imported into Italy by the mafia, too. Russia’s government owned Rosatom is the biggest exporter of all things nuclear. “Rosatom owns 67% of the world nuclear plant construction market and, currently, the orders portfolio exceeded $133 billion. Rosatom has taken the lead in offering nuclear power plants to emerging countries“: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosatom
Uranium enrichment waste from Germany again started to be imported into Russia
Eco-activists demand an immediate halt to the resumed import of uranium tailings into Russia (a by-product of uranium enrichment in the production of fuel for nuclear power plants).
In 2019, the Western European company Urenco resumed transportation of uranium tailings to Russia from the German uranium enrichment plant in Gronau to Russia.
This is confirmed by a document of the government of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, which was put at the disposal of the Russian branch of Greenpeace and “Ecodefense!”
From 2019 to 2022, it is planned to send 12,000 tons (more than a thousand containers, about 20 trains) of uranium tailings to Russia.
According to German federal authorities, from May to October 2019, six railway trains of 600 tons each (50 containers) have already been sent from Gronau to Ural Electrochemical Plant JSC in Novouralsk (Sverdlovsk Region), that is, about 3,600 tons of uranium tailings “.
In Russia, about 1 million tons of uranium tailings have already been accumulated, which are not only radioactive, but also toxic. There are no plans to use such a quantity of them, and the practice of contracts until 2009 shows that secondary waste after re-enrichment of uranium “tails” from abroad remained in Russia.
In accordance with the Federal Law on the Use of Atomic Energy, nuclear materials and radioactive substances are considered radioactive waste, the further use of which is not provided for. Their import into Russia for storage, processing or burial is prohibited.
In 2004, a campaign against the actual import of radioactive waste into Russia was initiated by the Eco-Defense! Public organization and supported by other environmental organizations in Russia and Germany. In 2014, Eco-Defense! was labelled by Russia as a “foreign agent”. The organization does not agree with this status.
In Germany, activists have repeatedly tried to block trains with dangerous goods. The Russian branch of Greenpeace say that it is illegal to import uranium “tails” into Russia and that the costs of this import could ultimately be passed on to Russian taxpayers.
As a result of pressure from environmental activists in 2009, Urenco and Rosatom refused to further import into Russia radioactive waste from Germany. At that time, Rosatom announced that it would no longer conclude such contracts.
“This is a cynical and immoral business. Urenco needs it to save billions of euros in the disposal of its uranium “tails” by sending them to Russia. It’s striking that Rosatom’s readiness to make money from the dumping of actual foreign waste, which is nonsense in any civilized country, ”comments Vladimir Slivyak, co-chair of the Eco-Defense! Group, coordinator of the campaign against the import of radioactive waste into Russia 2004-2009.
Rashid Alimov, an expert at Greenpeace’s Russian branch, shares his position: “Russia should not become a radioactive repository for the rest of the world. We demand that we immediately stop importing uranium “tails” into Russia, publish documents on these transactions and punish those responsible for entering into illegal transactions. ”
”In August this year, the Presidential Council for the Development of Civil Society and Human Rights published recommendations following a meeting in the Irkutsk Region, which raised the problem of storing uranium “tails” in Angarsk.
Annual reports on the activities of Rostekhnadzor (for 2004, 2006-2011) mention the risks of depressurization of containers during storage of uranium “tails” in the open air at enterprises in Angarsk, Seversk, Novouralsk and Zelenogorsk.
In August 2019, the media reported that at the plant in Novouralsk there was a leak of radionuclides that could get into the Neivo-Rudyansky pond.
Original here: https://greenpeace.ru/news/2019/10/23/v-rossiju-snova-nachali-vvozit-othody-obogashhenija-urana-iz-germanii/
“Russia Stops U.S. Diplomats en Route to a Nuclear Accident Site” NYT: 10-16-2019 https://archive.li/EQagg
“Again nuclear waste shipments to Russia – Frontal 21 reports
October 23, 2019
In 2007, Frontal21 reported transports of depleted uranium from Germany to Russia. The nuclear waste originated from the production of nuclear fuel of the company Urenco in the Westphalian Gronau. Urenco has resumed the controversial exports of uranium hexafluoride. This is officially considered recyclable – although only a fraction is recycled. “This is irresponsible of Urenco,” criticized the chairman of the Environment Committee in the Bundestag, Sylvia Kotting-Uhl.”
https://www.zdf.de/politik/frontal-21/nachgehakt-atommuelltransporte-nach-russland-100.html Original here: https://kotting-uhl.de/site/wieder-atommuelltransporte-nach-russland-frontal-21-berichtet/