I think Labrador would be a closer, better place, if
Ontario will not accept a repository.
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Russia votes to accept foreign nuclear
MOSCOW, Dec 21 (Reuters) - The Russian parliament on
a bill to accept foreign nuclear waste for storage and
bringing angry condemnation from environmentalists.
The State Duma, the lower house of parliament, voted 320-30 with
eight abstentions in favour of the bill, which advocates say could
earn $21 billion for cash-strapped Russia.
conservation group Greenpeace said the bill meant
Russia would become the
world's nuclear dumping ground and that the
potential danger was too high
a price to pay.
"This vote means the bill only needs the President's
country can now be turned into the world's nuclear waste
Greenpeace nuclear expert Tobias Muenchmeyer told Reuters by
telephone from Germany.
"Many nations intend to send nuclear fuel
to Russia. Some openly
state it, for others it is too politically
Muenchmeyer said Greenpeace had made public in March a
Atomic Energy white paper saying Russia could make $21 billion
storing and reprocessing foreign nuclear waste.
It said many
European and Asian countries wanted to export waste to
Switzerland, Germany, China and Japan.
Alexander Kotenkov, the
Kremlin's representative in the Duma, said
profits on imports would allow
Russia to invest in its own crumbling
"If an ecological catastrophe does happen...it will happen because of
the poor storage of our fuel," Kotenkov said in televised comments.