10 Cemetry For the Fukushima Nuclear Wastes?

Cemetry For the Fukushima Nuclear Wastes?

Posted on May 27, 2011 by kulichik

“Mayak” is a nuclear fuel reprocessing plant in Russia. Today we’ll visit a nuclear fuel recycling plant called RT-1 which is just one link in the “Mayak” chain system. The plant deals with acceptance and recycling of processed nuclear fuel.

The town Chelyabinsk-40 together with production association “Mayak” (translated as “Lighthouse” into English) were the firstlings of the Soviet nuclear industry.
Because of secrecy, postal address of the town was changed many times.  At first it was Chelyabinsk-40, later Chelyabinsk-65, since 1995 – Ozersk.

Thus, a secret industrial nuclear reactor appeared near the town of  Kyshtym. They produced enriched uranium there. Construction of the nuclear reactor was started in 1947, and it had to
reach its planned production capacity in June of 1948. However, because of engineering malfunctions, already functioning reactor was stopped for emergency repair, and the activation was postponed till March of 1949. In the meantime, construction of industrial complex was going on. “Ozersk”

“Radioactive Territory, No Entry”. Men and women use separate entries. Clothes are totally changed. Touching anything here as well as putting backpacks on the floor is not allowed.

A place where the shoes are changed. “Stop and change your shoes!”

After containers with nuclear fuel reach the unit the screws are removed. Personnel leaves the unit, a huge door is closed. The fuel is removed with the help of automatically controlled cranes.

The fuel is later put in a reservoir filled with distilled water under the hatches and moved into a temporary warehouse.

“Zone of limited holding time, 5 meters”

The device is used not to carry dust from one unit to another one.

“No entry, dangerous area, fuel unloading”

The employers are standing right on the reservoir mentioned.


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10 Responses to “Cemetry For the Fukushima Nuclear Wastes?”

  1. Scott says:

    Another absolutely amazing document!

    This site, together with all it’s various the contributors, never ceases to amaze me :-)

  2. CBEH says:

    It’s called “lighthouse”? Is that some sick American humor?

  3. Stoneman says:

    I believe those fins surrounding the container are there to dissipate the heat generated from the uranium.

  4. alessio says:

    Thanks for those “inside pictures” It must have been the first time that sutch a high risk company allowed some pictures to show. amazing!

    My question remains, how can they nutralise melt down and high radioactive nuclear stuff of Fucushima?

    • headder says:

      Russian people are able to do everything :)

    • frank says:

      To my limited and amateurish understanding, they could dissolve the melted fuel and separate the Plutonium, Uranium and the other fission products. Plutonium and Uranium could then be recycled into Mixed Oxide Fuel and either “burnt” in ordinary light water reactors, or “burnt” in a metal cooled reactor. But I presume it would be much cheaper if it would be just arranged and encapsulated in a way that it can not go critical again and then simply buried deep underground in a geologically stable formation.

  5. andrei says:

    those thing can be seen only in Russia!

  6. frank says:

    A very interesting article. Thank you.

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