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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.  ITER, JT-60 and EAST are all racing to increase the world's knowledge on nuclear fusion as well.

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RE: good idea
By Pirks on 6/19/2006 7:25:04 PM , Rating: -1
if you have any info on contamination in Belarus or Ukraine, to please pass it my way
I doubt I can give you any hard facts other than in Russian, one can dig 'em up on Russian sites, so you probably have to stay with wikipedia's English language content for now :) All my experience is mostly based on official information released in Soviet Union 20 years ago, and some other sporadic Russian info blurbs (plus my mom which I agree is rather an exception from the rule - haven't seen anything like this myself, probably because she was the only person cleaning garage roof on that day when everyone else was celebrating May 1st with vodka and salo? :) yep, quite likely). The important thing is that I happened to have some relatives around the area so I can approximately measure extent of how meltdown changed people's lives - and here you are right again in that deaths and damage could have been MUCH less. Those 30 firefighters that died due to exposure were simply victims of the local Communist Party bosses who told them "be heros, save the country, go and save you faterland blah blah" while safely staying away because they KNEW about radiation but of course wouldn't tell that to anyone - this is how Russians won WWII by the way - by throwing human bodies at the enemy en masse - exactly same approach here, and in any other industrial catastrophe in USSR - this was a COMMON PATTERN, a STANDARD PRACTICE, not an EXCEPTION!)

Belarus - I know less, I only heard they had some mass radiation pollution, away from Minsk or any other MAJOR city but it was quite serious - many extensive areas in Belarus are rumored to be not quite safe even these days - cautious people never buy mushrooms and any other stuff picked up in those forests. I had relatives there at the time, but they were rather tightlipped - it was not wise to spill the beans those days when KGB was a real (and scary) force.

Hence I can't give you precise facts, unfortunately, besides one simple observation which nicely debunks any BS patentman and others can say about atomic power plants - in Soviet Union, with their braindead government, and you better believe me here - if you think Bush is braindead - you haven't seen Politburo, hence you know ABSOLUTELY NOTHING about how _REALLY_ BRAINDEAD governments look and work, only the people who lived in Soviet Union know _real_ stuff so they just laugh at patentman's and cwalk's BS - in Soviet Union this kind of meltdown was BOUND to happen, and the best thing about it - it was bound to happen NOT because atomic power plants are unsafe or other patentman's fantasy - the reasons are quite different.

So, even if I don't have hard numbers - my and my Ukrainian and Belorussian relatives' personal experience 100% coincides with masher's words, and contradicts BS that patentman was spilling here about millions of dead etc.

RE: good idea
By Strunf on 6/19/2006 8:51:18 PM , Rating: 2
Saw a documentary about Chernobyl long time ago, with a black and white movie of the Russian officials sending the army men remove some things near the reactor area, and instead of masks they only had a piece of cloth to filter the air… some governments are just too full of themselves and they rather let their men die than let others help.

RE: good idea
By Pirks on 6/19/06, Rating: -1
RE: good idea
By masher2 on 6/19/2006 9:52:28 PM , Rating: 2
> " doubt I can give you any hard facts other than in Russian, one can dig 'em up on Russian sites, so you probably have to stay with wikipedia's English language content for now :) "

I can read Russian, albeit rather slow and haltingly. I attended graduate school in Moscow, not that long after the Chernobyl incident, actually.

> "cautious people never buy mushrooms and any other stuff picked up in those forests"

Yes, that's the problem with isotypes like cesium-137...they stay in the soil for several years, and plants like mushrooms can actually concentrate them. On farmed land, its not so bad...a few years of good plowing will usually disperse the cesium well enough, but in a forest, obvious, one cannot do this.

RE: good idea
By Pirks on 6/21/06, Rating: -1
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