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Why environmentalists objected to Russia's first floating nuclear reactor?

Why environmentalists objected to Russia's first floating nuclear reactor

Despite the warnings from environmentalists, Russia on Friday launched the world's first floating nuclear reactor in the Arctic region. After launching, two reactors on a 21 thousand ton vessel have been sent on a journey of five thousand kilometers.

The new reactor will replace the old

This reactor, called nuclear-powered Lomonosov, will move from the port of Murmansk in the Arctic towards northeastern Siberia. Upon reaching the town of Pevek in the autonomous Chukotka region, this reactor will replace the local nuclear plant and the closed coal plant there.

Environmentalists objected

According to Russia's nuclear agency Rosatom, floating reactors can be an alternative to a plant in a snow-covered area throughout the year. Rosatom is also considering exporting such a reactor. But environmentalists call this project as dangerous, calling it 'nuclear Titanic' and 'ice on Chernobyl'.

There was a massive nuclear explosion in 1986

There was a massive nuclear explosion in 1986 in Ukraine's city of Chernobyl. Rashid Alimov, head of the Department of Energy at Greenpeace Russia, said, 'Environmentalists have been opposing this reactor for a long time. Radioactive waste comes out from every nuclear power plant which can cause accidents. Academic Lomonosov is also threatened by the storm. Rosatom will keep the fuel used in the reactor onboard. If such an accident happens, it will be frightening for the entire Arctic. '

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