Nuclear Waste Dump Construction Completed

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The construction of the Armenian Nuclear Power Plant nuclear waste dump has been completed–however–Armenia’s environmental protection ministry has not yet issued an announcement on the matter.

During the past two years Armenia’s non-governmental organization have repeatedly raised the problem of illegality of construction of the nuclear waster site–since it was reportedly a violation of Armenian law on environment impact expertise. Under the law any activity is subject to environmental testing and is approved only if a relevant authority issues positive decision.

According to chief of the State Environment Expertise Artur Arakelian–a final resolution regarding the construction of the nuclear waste site was due to be issued during a session of ministry’s commission and with the participation of the NGOs.

He noted that the State Nuclear Inspection Authority–where the design of the repository was sent for assessment–had not provided any such assessment.

Referring to recent information provided by the Armenian Nuclear Power Plant director Souren Azatian–the State Nuclear Inspection Authority was preparing to issue a license for the site. Currently–a feasibility study for the construction of a new Nuclear Power Plant is being discussed.

The construction of the nuclear waste site was implemented by the French "Framatom" company on funds provided by the French government. Some 15.5 million French fran’s were provided in form of assistance–while 24.5 million fran’s were allocated as a long-term loan.

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