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Tight cooperation between public, Russian nuclear industry

MINSK, 5 November (BelTA) – The Russian nuclear industry shows a great degree of openness and successfully cooperates with public organizations. The fact was emphasized by Alan Khasiyev, president of the interregional public environmental movement Oka (Russia), in Minsk on 5 November during the roundtable session held to present the project for enabling the public monitoring of the environmental impact of the Belarusian nuclear power plant, BelTA has learned.

“In Russia the general public can get up-to-date and full information about all the stages — the construction of a nuclear power plant, its operation, the processing of nuclear waste and the restoration of the site to the initial state. It is also important that today Minsk is hosting a roundtable session, during which experts and ecologists from Belarus, Lithuania, and Russia will be able to discuss topical matters concerning the monitoring of the environmental impact of nuclear power plants and will be able to share experience and sketch out plans for the future. Today we have signed an agreement on strategic cooperation with Belarusian colleagues and the work will be systematic. We are going to use mass media to cover all the projects of ours as openly and as widely as possible. Openness and transparency are the way to success,” said the Russian ecologist.

Alan Khasiyev told media that the ecological movement Oka was started in 1989. Since then it has put serious efforts into conducting its own ecological researches using its own specialists and professional equipment. “We have used these principles as the foundation for monitoring Russian nuclear power plants. We have managed to examine ecological aspects of the Novovoronezh nuclear power plant, the Beloyarsk nuclear power plant, the Balakovo nuclear power plant, and the Leningrad nuclear power plant. Apart from that, we work hard to monitor power-generating units under construction and other nuclear industry installations of Russia. We make conclusions, submit proposals to the authorities and the general public. We suggest the same principles of work for all the ecological organizations. Instead of relying on the Internet, gossip and speculations it is necessary to rely exclusively on one’s own research. It is the view we uphold and have brought to Belarus,” stressed Alan Khasiyev.

He also added that the ecological movement Oka cooperates with ecological organizations in Europe and Asia, in the countries where nuclear power plants are being built or will be built. “We believe that cooperation with municipal authorities, with the public is an important step in promoting any innovative project, including in the nuclear energy industry. The energy industry by itself and its accessibility determine the level and quality of life in any country. No country can be developed effectively without cheap energy. The Russian nuclear industry offers both reliable technologies and inexpensive energy,” said Alan Khasiyev.

During the roundtable session held in Minsk to present the project for enabling the public monitoring of the environmental impact of the Belarusian nuclear power plant the Belarusian public association Ecological Initiative signed agreements on cooperation with the Institute for Regional Development and Democracy (Lithuania) and the interregional public ecological movement Oka (Russia). The agreements envisage active involvement of the Lithuanian and Russian NGOs in this project. In particular, the partners will share experience in the field of ecological monitoring of nuclear installations regularly and will carry out joint practical measures to measure radiation levels in the environment around the nuclear power plant, which is being built in Ostrovets, Grodno Oblast.