Workers are about to complete the handling infrastructure for partly damaged spent nuclear fuel at Russia’s Andreeva Bay.
Some 22,000 spent nuclear fuel elements are stored in three old, run-down concrete tanks close to the shore of fjord Litsa fjord. Photo: Aleksandr Emelianenko
Thomas Nilsen, Independent Barent's Observer, 26 October 2016
About 22,000 spent nuclear fuel elements from operation of Soviet’s fleet of submarines are stored in three dilapidated concrete tanks a few hundred metres from shore on Russia’s Barents Sea coast. That is equal to around 100 reactor cores.
No other places in the world are so huge amount of highly radioactive uranium fuel stored under such bad conditions.
Removing the waste-elements is considered to be the most risky nuclear-safety operation ever to happen in the Russian north.
To continue its dominance on the Arctic, the Russian Bear needs the help of foreign markets, investors and technologies.
Michael Byers, Al Jazeera.com, 3 January 2011
Vancouver, Canada - In the 1990 film The Hunt for Red October, Marko Ramius, the rogue captain of a Soviet nuclear missile submarine, evades the US and Soviet navies by maneuvering deftly through a narrow and winding - but precisely charted - mid-Atlantic trench.
In real life, the Soviet navy's charting efforts extended to the heart of the NATO-controlled Canadian Arctic. Soviet-era charts on board the Akademik Ioffe, an ice-strengthened ship owned by the Russian Academy of Sciences and chartered by a Canadian eco-cruise company, show many more depth soundings in the Northwest Passage than do comparable Canadian charts.
The old Soviet Union may have been just as familiar with Canada’s Arctic waters as Canadians.
Sections of Cold-War-era nautical charts obtained by The Canadian Press suggest that Russian mariners have for decades possessed detailed and accurate knowledge of crucial internal waterways such as the Northwest Passage.
Those charts, which may offer the first documentary proof of the widely held belief that Soviet nuclear submarines routinely patrolled the Canadian Arctic during the Cold War, are still in use by Russian vessels. In some places, they are preferred to current Canadian charts.
Map of the North Warning System. Photograph by: Postmedia News, Canadian Military Journal/Department of Defence
BY ANDREW MAYEDA, POSTMEDIA NEWS JANUARY 13, 2011
OTTAWA — The Harper government has put on hold its search for bidders to operate and maintain the chain of early-warning radars that guards against foreign incursions into Canadian and U.S. airspace in the Far North, Postmedia News has learned.
The North Warning System, a chain of 47 unmanned radars that lines the Arctic coast from Alaska to Labrador, is operated and maintained by Nasittuq Corp. under a 10-year, $624-million contract that ends Sept. 30 this year.
Defence Minister Peter MacKay, centre, walks in front of an F-35 fighter at the news conference where the government announced plans to buy 65 of the jets in one of the biggest arms deals in the nation's history.
Michael Byers, Toronto Star, August 30, 2010
Don Quixote is famous for attacking windmills that he imagines are giants. Stephen Harper and Peter MacKay have been tilting at make-believe enemies too, in the form of Russian planes in international airspace.
Last Wednesday, Harper’s communications director sent an email to journalists informing them that a pair of Tupolev TU-95 bombers had been intercepted by Canadian CF-18s some 30 nautical miles (56 kilometres) from our Arctic coastline.
“Thanks to the rapid response of the Canadian Forces,” Dimitri Soudas wrote, “at no time did the Russian aircraft enter sovereign Canadian airspace.”
Soudas was right about Canada’s airspace, which extends just 12 nautical miles (22 kilometres) from shore. But he was wrong to suggest that the Russian bombers were headed there.
His efforts at sensationalism were quickly short-circuited by a spokesman for the North American Aerospace Defense Command. “Both Russia and NORAD routinely exercise their capability to operate in the North,” Lt. Desmond James explained. “These exercises are important to both NORAD and Russia and are not cause for alarm.”
Recognizing each other's sovereignty claims brings mutual benefits
MOSCOW -- Michael Byers, Globe and Mail, December 21, 2009
Amap produced by Natural Resources Canada has pride of place in Arctic ambassador Anton Vasiliev's office, in the Stalinist-era skyscraper housing the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Centred on the geographic North Pole, the map shows how Russia and Canada dominate the Arctic region. Between them, the two largest countries on Earth account for three-quarters of the Arctic Ocean's coastline.
Meagan Fitzpatrick, Canwest News Service, March 23, 2009
OTTAWA — Russia did nothing wrong when two of its military aircraft
made a controversial flight last month near Canada's Arctic, a Russian
diplomat told a committee of MPs on Monday.
Defence Minister Peter MacKay and Prime Minister Stephen Harper
described the Feb. 18 flight as an intrusion on Canada's airspace and
sovereignty, Dmitry Trofimov, head of the Russian embassy's political
section in Ottawa, testified before the national defence committee that
no such intrusion happened.
"From the point of international law, nothing happened, absolutely nothing," said Trofimov.
Europe, North America and we in Russia need a new security treaty. So this is our proposal
Sergey Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister, The Guardian, January 30, 2009
As in the rest of the world, Russia has watched with great interest the first few days of the Barack Obama
presidency. It is far too early, of course, to take any settled view of
what the change at the White House might mean for the world.
is without doubt is the opportunity for a much more multilateral
approach to help ease tensions and overcome problems. At the heart of
any such approach must be an agreement to put in place effective
processes and institutions to meet the security and political concerns
of all countries. This will require them to look beyond their history
and narrow national interests.
OTTAWA — The cost of cleaning up 21 toxic Cold War radar stations
across the North has more than doubled to $583 million amid lax
controls, says a scathing audit.
Distant Early Warning (DEW) Line
sites that dot 5,000 kilometres of Arctic tundra are being dismantled
as part of one of the largest environmental restoration efforts in
Of prime concern are polychlorinated biphenyls -
persistent pollutants once widely used in everything from transformers
and electrical equipment to paint. PCBs have been effectively banned
from commercial use since research in the 1970s suggested links to