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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Soviet subs risk 'slow Chernobyl' in Norway

K159 November class SSNNils Bøhmer, a nuclear physicist and chief executive of the Bellona Foundation, told Norway's Dagbladet newspaper that several ships and submarines deserted in the Barents and Kara Seas could start to leak radioactive waste within as little as ten years.

“We fear what could be called a Chernobyl in slow motion, where radioactive waste seeps out into the sea.” he said. “The Radiation Protection Authority has estimated that it may start to leak in 10 to 15 years time.”

Bellona has been campaigning for action to deal with nuclear waste in neighbouring Russia since the dissolution of the Soviet Union in the 1990s, in 1994 its report "Sources of Radioactive Contamination in Murmansk and Archangel Counties" alerted the world to the risks posted by decommissioned Soviet nuclear-powered submarines.

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