Russia to Build Floating Commercial Nuclear Reactor
June 19, 2006 2:19 AM
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The floating nuclear reactors would provide power and heat to Arctic regions
Russia's Atomic Power Agency and an Arctic military shipbuilding plant
have both agreed to build the world's first commercial floating nuclear fission reactor
, which should be in use in as early as 2010. The first floating reactor that Rosenergoatom and Sevmash build is estimated to cost around $336 million -- it will be deployed in a remote, sparsely-populated region on Siberia's northern coast, where electric and thermal supply is very limited. Russian president Vladimir Putin hopes to bump the nation's electricity generated by nuclear reactors from 17 percent to 25 percent.
Although Russian authorities believe floating nuclear plants are safe, not everyone is as supportive. Environmentalists like Charles Digges, editor of a Norwegian and Russian arctic nuclear publication, believes that floating nuclear plants are "absolutely unsafe - inherently so." However, the head of Russia's Federal Atomic Power Agency has dismissed all criticism while saying that there will not be a floating Chernobyl incident.
Nuclear fission isn't the only game in town anymore.
are all racing to increase the world's knowledge on nuclear fusion as well.
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RE: good idea
6/19/2006 6:16:14 PM
> "a portion of fallout went to Kiev (which was about 70 kilometers away, not quite "immediate area", right?) "
Well, I'd call 45 miles pretty close to "immediate". And while I don't want to make light of your mother's situation, I do want to point out that radiation measurements in Kiev were in the range of 10-50 kBq per sq. meter, which is actually lower than you can find naturally in a lot of Rocky Mountain states. So if her health problems are indeed radiation related, its a very rare case.
As for Belarus, it's what, less than 10 miles from the reactor site? I haven't heard of any dangerous contamination hundreds of km away. Measureably surely...but then measurable radiation is everywhere, as I alluded to in my first post.
While the government may have an interest in minimizing the results of the accident, there are a vast number of people around the globe with a strong interest in
its results. I've seen people try to fob off every single new case of cancer or unexplained death in Ukraine and Belarus as "Chernobyl related". In reality, for the specific isotopes dispersed, thyroid cancer is about the only type elevated outside of actual plant workers...and thyroid cancer is one of the most treatable, least fatal types of cancer known.
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