Environmental Defense League, PO Box 88 Glendale
Springs, NC 28629
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Russian and American Groups Join to Stop Plutonium Fuel
A delegation of Russian specialists on nuclear energy and radioactive waste are touring the Southeast to exchange information on the dangers of using plutonium in civilian reactors.
At the press briefing, Russian scientists reported on the unsuccessful and hazardous experiments with plutonium fuel in Russia. Leonid Piskounov, a specialist on radiation safety and a Ph.D. in physics from the Ural Mountains nuclear complex, said, "Our monitoring revealed radioactive contamination thirty miles from the nuclear power plant using plutonium.
Other Russian leaders reported today on the public opposition in their cities to the introduction of plutonium in the civilian power plants in their region. Oleg Bodrov, a nuclear physicist from St. Petersburg, said, "We are educating the public about the adverse health, economic, and environmental impacts of the plutonium fuel program because the nuclear industry keeps this information secret."
The organizers of the tour of the Russian delegation are the Center for Nuclear Ecology and Energy Policy in Moscow, the Center for Safe Energy in California, and the Nuclear Information and Resource Service in Washington, DC. The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League is hosting events in Charlotte.
This month the US Department of Energy is expected to award the design contract for the plutonium fuel program. A consortium led by Duke Energy is the only applicant for this contract.
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