"The shop currently operates, and will continue to operate on a license from [state nuclear corporation] Rosatom to handle so-called military radioactive waste from Gremikha
and Andreyeva Bay," Pleschenko told Bellona in an interview.
Besides its headquarters at Severomorsk, the fleet has four other large naval bases in the high north, each of which consists of multiple bays, facilities, ports and installations: Gadzhievo, Zapadnaya Litsa, Vidyayevo and Gremikha
. Current media coverage suggests that a much smaller naval base may be under construction on Wrangel Island.
Projects concerning the sites at Andreyeva Bay and Gremikha
, another nuclear waste storage facility in the Russian north, have also received financing from International Framework for Nuclear Energy (formerly the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership) members, including the European Union (notably the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development), Italy, Norway, Sweden and the UK.
The report, which was made public simultaneously in Murmansk, Severodvinsk (North-West) and Moscow, singles out as high-risk areas the bay of Andreiev and the village of Gremikha
in the region of Murmansk, where nuclear fuel storage facilities are not airtight and where radioactive pollution is way above average.
Another illegal visit by the author, to a closed military reserve in Gremikha
on the Barents Sea coast, contrasted with the region's previous openness to invading and invited armies alike, especially during the first half of the 20th century.
Just two days ago, on August 28, the sub was being towed on four floating hulls from its base in the town of Gremikha
to a plant in the town of Polarnye to be scrapped.
Rosatom has yet to decide where this seafloor waste will be stored, though Zakharchyov has broadly hinted such undersea finds should go to the Gremikha
naval nuclear waste storage facility.
SevRAO, Northwest Russia's state nuclear waste handling division, reported in its year end results that remediation efforts at Andreyeva Bay are on schedule, the Volodarsky nuclear service ship was dismantled, and that Gremikha
have been completed its most complex endeavor: dismantling the cores of liquid metal cooled reactors.
The Rossita nuclear waste transportation ship--donated to Russia by Italy in 2011--has finally completed a first mission, transporting parcels of solid radioactive waste from submarines at the former naval base of Gremikha
to storage at the newly modernized Sayda Bay storage facility, the b-port news portal reported.
The work is expected to eliminate scrap heaps of contaminated waste located in Andreeva Bay, Aleksandrovsk, Atomflot and Gremikha