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How EBRD is helping Russia deal with its nuclear legacy

By Christopher  Booth

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On 26th September, construction will be completed on a unique building in the Russian arctic far north, helping at last resolve one of the most complex and long-standing of Soviet-era nuclear challenges.

The ship “Lepse” dates back to Stalin’s time, and from the 60’s serviced the atomic icebreaker fleet. But many of the spent fuel rods aboard were damaged and could not be removed. Withdrawn from service in 1988, the Lepse steadily deteriorated in dock, posing a threat to the environment and local population.

The EBRD has been at the very heart of the project to retrieve the spent fuel - and make safe the Lepse’s legacy.

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