Ukraine will stop paying Russia for nuclear waste disposal


According to Minister of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine Igor Nasalik, starting from 2017 Ukraine will stop paying Russia $200 million annually for the disposal of spent nuclear fuel.

He said that Ukraine now have their own spent fuel storage facility, which will fully diversify recycling.

Previously Kiev was sending spent nuclear fuel to Russia for storage and recycling, paying 150-200 million dollars per year for it. In this regard there was a plan to build a new centralized storage for the spent fuel from nuclear power plants from all over Ukraine.

Earlier it was reported that Kiev received a $260 million credit from the USA for the construction of dry storage in the Chernobyl exclusion zone. At the moment there is a store of a wet type, but it is not capable of long-term storage of the waste.