At the beginning of November 2017, construction of the Central Storage Facility for Spent Nuclear Fuel (CSFSF) began 100 kilometers from Kiev. The facility is intended for the storage of industrial waste from Ukrainian NPPs.
Nuclear “garbage” will not be stored in underground heavy-duty concrete bunkers, as is done in most countries. In violation of all norms of storage, as part of the experiment, spent nuclear fuel will be placed in open areas in containers. Given the experience of the tragic events at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, such carelessness of the authorities defies rational explanation.
However, Kiev’s readiness to accept nuclear waste from other European countries in the “experimental” facility is more surprising. Germany, France and the United Kingdom have already agreed with the authorities of Ukraine on this issue. Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Kostion described this event as “what our country has been going to for more than ten years.” It turns out that the political elite for more than ten years sought to turn our country into a nuclear “dump”. It should be noted that the decision to start construction was made without a survey of residents of Kiev and the region, who live in close proximity to the “radioactive cemetery”.
It is obvious that the creation of a repository of spent nuclear fuel on the surface of the earth is nothing more than a project with an incredibly high yield and no less high risks. Not the best economic situation in the country forces the government to look for quick and simple sources of income - the construction of a CSFSF is ideal in this case. European countries are ready to pay $ 150-200 million per year for the devastation of their own nuclear storage facilities and transportation of waste to Ukraine.
The risk of this enterprise cannot be measured in monetary terms. Any leakage of radioactive waste stored above ground will inevitably lead to a man-made disaster of a regional scale. Given the planned scale of burials and the possible negligence of officials, residents of adjacent areas can be advised to get a Geiger counter and drugs with a high iodine content.
In addition to all these factors, the situation in Ukraine is characterized by an increased level of terrorist danger. The sabotage activities of the Donetsk and Luhansk militia may not bypass the storage of radioactive waste. In such circumstances, it will take serious work in the field of protection of the object, so as not to neglect the lives of its citizens and citizens of neighboring countries.
Taking into account the Chernobyl accident, it becomes obvious what the threat is posed by the construction of the Ukrainian nuclear fuel storage service. The expert community is concerned about this issue and relies on the prudence of the Ukrainian specialists and the timely prevention of crisis situations at the facility. Nevertheless, the objective reality is as follows: the authorities of our country create a nuclear time bomb, the detonation of which can lead to very serious consequences.