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“Starting from 2013, Ukraine should be taking the processed waste nuclear fuel back from Russia. To date, there is no repository where it could be safely stored in Ukraine. We need to speed up the construction of such facility at the Vector site,” Acting Head of the State Agency for Exclusion Zone Management Dmytro Bobrov said at a press conference in Kyiv on Friday.

He recalled that almost all waste nuclear fuel from Ukrainian nuclear power plants (with the exception of Zaporizhia NPP, which has a waste nuclear fuel storage facility) is currently sent for temporary storage to Russia. In line with Russian legislation, after recycling the waste fuel should be returned to the country of origin.

“The problem has not been solved. We have a repository for high-level radioactive waste at Chornobyl NPP, whose specifications allow it to be used temporarily for the purpose, but it is not intended for this it terms of capacity and design. We can keep it (waste nuclear fuel) for some time there, but unless we principally solve this year the issue of the construction of a special storage facility, then the problem will become acute, starting with, say, 2015. And the Energoatom National Electricity Generating Company will have to pay Russia extra money for storing this waste in Russia,” Bobro said.

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