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What do nuclear submarines do with nuclear waste?

André Kupferschmid EngineerUpdated Sep 26 What do nuclear submarines do with nuclear waste?

Either they are stored in long-term storage facilities or the Russian method is chosen:

By 1993, the Soviet Union had deliberately sunk 18 reactors in the sea, 6 of them still with fuel rods. Still in 2003 an old nuclear submarine (November class) with two reactors sank during towing. It still lies there today with 800 kg of nuclear fuel on board.

The Soviet Union had built 248 nuclear submarines with a total of 468 reactors. However, there was no money left for safe storage after decommissioning (see picture below). That is why the G8 countries decided in 2002 on a 20-billion-dollar program against the proliferation of weapons and materials of mass destruction. Most of it went to Russia.

And while the G7 (after exclusion of Russia) is now spending a lot of money on long-term storage, Russia is doing what it does best: Building new nuclear submarines!

December 14, 2021 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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