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    Germany Invests About $650Mln in Ensuring Nuclear Safety in Russian Arctic

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    Germany invested about $650 million in a project of constructing a long-term storage facility for reactor compartments, Hans-Juergen Hinsdorf, director of the German Ministry of Economics and Technology’s Division of Nuclear Energy, said on Wednesday.

    MURMANSK (Sputnik) – Kovtun called the project a unique example of international cooperation on liquidation of "nuclear legacy."

    "We as an investor spent almost 600 million euro [$650 million]. We do not feel sorry because we allocated [money] for good purposes: nuclear disarmament, clearing territory from radioactive wastes and ecological purification of environment in your region," Hinsdorf said during a meeting with Marina Kovtun, governor of the northwestern Russian Murmansk region.

    As part of the project a plant for processing, conditioning and long-term storing the radioactive wastes was launched last year.

    "As a result a full-scale complex for storing reactor compartments of utilized submarines and handling radioactive wastes has been created. That has great importance for the Murmansk region taking into account concentration of nuclear facilities on the Kola Peninsula," Kovtun said.

    The meeting between Hinsdorf and Kovtun was dedicated to completion of works on the project.

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