THE Russian Supreme Court's judgement was toud and clear: no to nuclear
waste. And claiming a pat on its back
was Greenpeace, the international
environmental organisation, which
had moved the Court on Russian plans
to import nuclear waste from the western nations for reprocessing. The landmark judgement was all the more significant as the Court had for the first time
struck down sections of a Presidential
Though Russian law prohibits the import of nuclear waste for means of storage, Boris Yeltsin, its President decreed last year that the Gorno- Khimichesky group in Siberia could be allowed imports. Observed Oleg Kuznetsov of Greenpeace that while "temporary storage of spent fuel is not against the law.... there was no procedure to treat the waste". Plans to construct a reprocessing plant were rather vague. Kuznetsov said that the Russian government had wanted to import the waste even before it could take a decision on whether the plant should be constructed. A reprocessing plant would mean that nuclear waste can be imported.
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