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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 6/21/2006 6:06:02 PM , Rating: -1
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I attended graduate school in Moscow, not that long after the Chernobyl incident, actually.
That's why you look so different here - good to know.
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that's the problem with isotypes like cesium-137
Here's the map you probably saw already:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/07...

Good stuff: most fallout went to Belarus, over mostly unpopulated area, and polluted quite a bit there - this C-137 stuff is still there and will stay there for 40 more years or so.

Bad stuff: imagine that cloud over Kiev instead of Belarus - speak of new Hiroshima there. Not millions dead but the whole major European capital evacuated - and then forget about any atomic power plants whatsoever, people would choke in coal fire plant exhaust gases rather than build anything with word "nuclear" or "atomic" in it.

In short: patentman speaks pure BS with his "millions dead" but possible scenario could be like this - evacuation of Kiev-sized city BUT you HAVE TO add Soviet Union to the equation.

I don't think such a catastrophe is possible without Soviet Government in place.

That sums it up nicely.


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