THe Arctic’s slow-moving underwater nuclear disaster – Russia’s radioactive trash

Russia’s ‘slow-motion Chernobyl’ at sea, BBC  By Alec Luhn2nd September 2020,   ”…………………………. Beneath some of the world’s busiest fisheries, radioactive submarines from the Soviet era lie disintegrating on the seafloor. Decades later, Russia is preparing to retrieve them……….

 With a draft decree published in March, President Vladimir Putin set in motion an initiative to lift two Soviet nuclear submarines and four reactor compartments from the silty bottom, reducing the amount of radioactive material in the Arctic Ocean by 90%. First on the list is Lappa’s K-159.

The two nuclear submarines together contain one million curies of radiation, or about a quarter of that released in the first month of the Fukushima disaster

The message, which comes before Russia’s turn to chair the Arctic Council next year, seems to be that the country is not only the preeminent commercial and military power in the warming Arctic, but also a steward of the environment. The K-159 lies just outside of Murmansk in the Barents Sea, the richest cod fishery in the world and also an important habitat of  haddock, red king crab, walruses, whales, polar bears and many other animals.

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