No leakages from sunken nuclear sub, yet. After more than 10 years on the seafloor of the Barents Sea, no detectable levels of radiation are measured from K-159. K-159, holding two nuclear reactors with spent nuclear uranium fuel, sank during towing from the naval base Gremikha towards the Nerpa scrapping yard north of Murmansk in August 2003. Laying at a depth of 246 meters in one of the most important fishing areas of the Barents Sea, just west of the Kildin Island of the coast of the Kola Peninsula, the submarine has caused concern for possible leakages of radionuclides to the marine environment. During inspection with a remote operated underwater vehicle (ROV), the radiation expert from Norway and Russia discovered damage and break in the outer hull of the submarine. After years of analyzing the samples from the area, both seawater and sediments, the results are now published in the report and show no urgent need to worry.
Barents Observer 25th Jan 2018 read more »
A fresh search is underway to determine a suitable site where the government can store nuclear radioactive material from retired Royal Navy submarines. Currently, 20 retired Royal Navy nuclear-powered submarines are waiting to be dismantled because the UK has no underground dump to safely store toxic waste. The laid-up submarines are between 30 years and 54 years old, and are sitting at the Devonport naval base in Plymouth or Rosyth on the Firth of Forth. Once a site is agreed upon, the government is hoping to build a £12 billion Geological Disposal Facility (GDF), essentially a subterranean nuclear dump encased in rock.
Forces News 26th Jan 2018 read more »