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Russia’s Rosatom To Lead Removal Of Sunken Nuclear Submarines From The Arctic

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Russia's Rosatom To Lead Removal Of Sunken Nuclear Submarines From The Arctic

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The Russian state corporation Rosatom is preparing to obtain the status of an organization responsible for the removal of sunken nuclear submarines from the Arctic waters.

The rise of decommissioned submarines and the improvement of nuclear and radiation safety were the main topics of the 23rd meeting of the joint Russian-Norwegian commission on cooperation in the field of environmental protection.

While Moscow will take the lead in the efforts, the Norwegian government and Bellona (international environmental protection NGO, based in Oslo) have long encouraged Russia to raise the vessels, as their unstable reactors pose a risk of contaminating critical fishing waters close to Scandinavia’s northern coast.

“I am very pleased that we were able to hold a meeting of the commission, despite the pandemic,” said Audun Halvorsen, the state secretary to the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  “It is extremely important for us that such events should not be interrupted, and that we continue to conduct an open dialogue and exchange information, since for Norway cooperation with Russia in the field of nuclear and radiation safety is a priority. We have achieved a lot in 25 years.”

In 2020, the development of a feasibility study on the safe handling of flooded and sunken objects was completed.

The four-year project involved an international consortium under a contract between the European Commission and the Italian company Sogin.

The experts created a database of flooded and sunken objects, assessed their danger, as well as the amount of funding and the timing of the work.

Earlier, in 2019, the document was discussed at several international conferences, the conclusion is that such dangerous objects cannot be left to descendants, they must be removed and brought into a safe state.

Anatoly Grigoryev, who heads the international programs division of Rosatom, Russia’s state nuclear corporation, said that the process of securing the Lepse, which accrued 639 spent nuclear fuel assemblies from icebreakers during its career, will be achieved by the end of this year.

As for Andreyeva Bay, radiation danger there has been decreased by a third, he said.

Of the 22,000 nuclear fuel assemblies that had piled up at the old navy base over the years, Grigoriyev said that 7,500 had thus far been removed. By the end of the year, several fuel assemblies that had been stored in the open air at the facility will also be taken away, he said.

“Last fall, I personally was in Andreev Bay and could observe how safely the spent nuclear fuel was shipped from the facility to the vessel and leaves for Atomflot,” said ElisabethVik Aspaker, head of Norway’s Tromsø region.

Ole Harbitz, who heads Norway’s Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority hailed Rosatom’s willingness to recover sunken Soviet subs and other radioactive debris from Arctic waters.

According to Grigoryev, the total activity of the Cold War-era nuclear cast off is some 1 million Curie. Raising it all, is estimates to cost €123 million.

The goals to be completed by 2027 are to remove nuclear fuel from the facilities of the northwestern part of the Russian Arctic, complete the disposal of submarines, nuclear icebreakers and support vessels, and proceed to the active phase of the facility rehabilitation.

By this time, it is possible that the most dangerous of the submarines that have sunk and sunken in the Arctic have already begun to lift.

“Taking into account the fact that we already have a positive experience, we will most likely solve these problems positively,” Anatoly Grigoriev concluded.


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Lone Ranger

Interesting but why now?
Will the U.S. lift their lost subs and nuclear warheads too?
Also nuclear reactors are dumping radioactive tritium from their secondary cooling loops directly into the ocean.
The U.K. is one of the worst polluters of that kind.
Fukushima killed off half the Pacific, not a peep…
Im glad Russia is spending their hard earned money to correct mistakes of the past but so should other countries.
Without that its useless as radiation simply wanders around the globe.


It has been an ongoing effort for decades, and the money is payed by the European union in cooperation with Russia.
It is actually a great initiative that shows how the spirit of cooperation between northern+western Europe and Russia can be kept alive and used for the benefit of all sides.
And since the artic is one of Russias strategic focuses in the coming decades, the security of future researches, merchants and soldiers there is especially beneficial for Russia. Having contaiminated territory in the artic is diametral to Russias future plans of opening up the artic.
Now that the artic is loosing ice at a dramatic rate and warming up exponentially, it becomes even more important. The UK or the US have nothing do to with this initiative. For them, even the thought of such initiatives is a crime.

In short: Every side benfits, and European cooperation in such a fair manner is the key.


There is no way Russia would pay from its pockets for ecoligical things, probably Norway pays it all.

Lone Ranger

I will give them the doubt of benefit.
Russia has more money than ever in the past 120 years.


Even so, they don’t care of ecology. With one exception: Cernobil.

Lone Ranger

They contained it in 6 months.
Fukushima is still not contained even after 9years.
Something to think sbout…


That’s cherry piking, search Russian ecological accidents and search Japan ones. Russia is the mother of ecological accidents.

Lone Ranger

Fukushima makes up for it all.
It killed half the Pacific…
Aside from that the worst polluters are the U.S. and China.


So people are not going at the beach on a pacific coast i guess, btw do you have a source for your claim?

Lone Ranger

They still go, but later wonder why they got cancer…
I wouldnt even eat fish from the Pacific…Let alone bath in it.


And the fish was dead?

Lone Ranger

Detectable radiation doesn’t necessary mean is deadly

Lone Ranger

They downplay it.
They said the same at Three Mile Island and Chernobyl.
But look at the cancer charts how
they have skyrocketed at the same time.

Dizem prosek
Lone Ranger

There mass fish deaths yes.

Lone Ranger

People are dying too in Japan.
Since 2011 thousend died of stroke and hearth failure even amongs young.
Thyroid cancer is off the charts.
Similar to what happened in Chernoby.
But Japs and the U.S. sweep it under the rug.
The USS Ronald Reagan is still radioactive even after 9 years.
It was one of the first U.S. ship to get there to help in the relief efforts.
After a few days it quickly departed when the radiation warning went off.
It stayed in the middle of the Pacific for weeks because the Navy wouldnt let it dock at Pearl Harbour.
Many sailors got cancer and sued the Navy, but you know the drill…
Business as usual….


I dunno, I’m still thinking what would look like if half of the Pacific died

Lone Ranger

You wouldnt notice much.
Only less fish, some dead whales and dolphins on the shores, a few mass fish deaths here and there.
The rest sinks to the bottom of the ocean and they are eaten by crabs and lobsters, they are resistant to radiation same as cockroaches.

Andrew Parfitt

Don’t worry they won’t. Japan will find room for that water by 2022.

Lone Ranger



Sorry for the seals but I don’t think I could conclude half of the Pacific died, it sounds too bombastic for my taste.

Lone Ranger

Well, you dont have to believe it.
Im not trying to convince you.
And to be honest it doesnt makes a difference.
I would also add that the atmospheric nukes tests between 1945-80 doubled the background radiation.
Fukushima doubled it again.
That means the background radiation today is around 4 times as high as it was in 1945.
If you would wonder why everybody is getting cancer nowdays…

Abigail Breslin

123 million Eurobux seems like a lowball estimate, did a decimal point get displaced?

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