Cemetry For the Fukushima Nuclear Wastes?

Cemetry For the Fukushima Nuclear Wastes?

“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.

Cemetry For the Fukushima Nuclear Wastes?

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.

Cemetry For the Fukushima Nuclear Wastes?

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”

Cemetry For the Fukushima Nuclear Wastes?

“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.

Cemetry For the Fukushima Nuclear Wastes?

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

Cemetry For the Fukushima Nuclear Wastes?

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.

Cemetry For the Fukushima Nuclear Wastes?

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

Cemetry For the Fukushima Nuclear Wastes?

Cemetry For the Fukushima Nuclear Wastes?

“Zone of limited holding time, 5 meters”

Cemetry For the Fukushima Nuclear Wastes?

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

Cemetry For the Fukushima Nuclear Wastes?

“No entry, dangerous area, fuel unloading”

Cemetry For the Fukushima Nuclear Wastes?

The employers are standing right on the reservoir mentioned.

Cemetry For the Fukushima Nuclear Wastes?

Cemetry For the Fukushima Nuclear Wastes?

Assemblies with fuel.

Cemetry For the Fukushima Nuclear Wastes?

Cemetry For the Fukushima Nuclear Wastes?

Cemetry For the Fukushima Nuclear Wastes?

General view of the production unit.

Cemetry For the Fukushima Nuclear Wastes?

Cemetry For the Fukushima Nuclear Wastes?

Control room.

Cemetry For the Fukushima Nuclear Wastes?

The assemblies are removed, the filling is divided into pieces and put into a solvent. The fuel then undergoes a number of chemical transformations and is deprived of uranium and plutonium.
Parts which are not dissolved get pressed and stored on the territory of the plant under constant observation. The processes are followed by formation of ready-made assemblies with fresh fuel.
That’s how a complete cycle of nuclear fuel processing is realized.

Cemetry For the Fukushima Nuclear Wastes?

Cemetry For the Fukushima Nuclear Wastes?

The operator is protected from the active elements with the help of the thick lead-coated glass.

Cemetry For the Fukushima Nuclear Wastes?

Cemetry For the Fukushima Nuclear Wastes?

Cemetry For the Fukushima Nuclear Wastes?

The yellow container carries finished assemblies with fuel.

Cemetry For the Fukushima Nuclear Wastes?

The inside of the container.

Cemetry For the Fukushima Nuclear Wastes?

Cemetry For the Fukushima Nuclear Wastes?

Shipment of finished products.

Cemetry For the Fukushima Nuclear Wastes?

Cemetry For the Fukushima Nuclear Wastes?

Cemetry For the Fukushima Nuclear Wastes?

Cemetry For the Fukushima Nuclear Wastes?

Cemetry For the Fukushima Nuclear Wastes?

Gross weight 96 000 tn.

Cemetry For the Fukushima Nuclear Wastes?

Cemetry For the Fukushima Nuclear Wastes?

“Let’s work with maximal performance” – a communist slogan left.

Cemetry For the Fukushima Nuclear Wastes?

Containers are shipped on special trains.

Cemetry For the Fukushima Nuclear Wastes?

Cemetry For the Fukushima Nuclear Wastes?

Cemetry For the Fukushima Nuclear Wastes?

That’s what a carriage looks like.

Cemetry For the Fukushima Nuclear Wastes?

Cemetry For the Fukushima Nuclear Wastes?

Production unit.

Cemetry For the Fukushima Nuclear Wastes?

Containers to carry uranium.

Cemetry For the Fukushima Nuclear Wastes?

Cemetry For the Fukushima Nuclear Wastes?

The level of radiation is checked at the exit.

Cemetry For the Fukushima Nuclear Wastes?

Cemetry For the Fukushima Nuclear Wastes?

A monument next to Kyshtym says “In memoriam of disaster liquidators”. The radiation contamination incident occurred in 1957 at “Mayak”. It measured as a Level 6 disaster on the International Nuclear Event Scale.

Cemetry For the Fukushima Nuclear Wastes?

Radioactive trace left after the incident at “Mayak”.

Cemetry For the Fukushima Nuclear Wastes?

By the way, it is planned that part of Fukishima nuclear wastes will be transported to the Ural Mountains and buried there at “Mayak”.
Location: Ozersk

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10 thoughts on “Cemetry For the Fukushima Nuclear Wastes?”

  1. Another absolutely amazing document!

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

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  2. 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?

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    • 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.

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