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June 15, 2001

Navy removes radioactive unit

The Vladivostok

The Pacific Fleet has hauled away the radioactive power unit that it had abandoned near a house and a popular beach near the village of Plastun in northern Primorye.

Radioactivity in the area measured much beyond allowable levels and contaminated a nearby house, according to its residents. Vladimir Svyatets and his wife, residents of the house, have complained of worsening health.

An official commission investigated the nuclear power unit in March and ordered the Pacific Fleet to bury it immediately. But the Navy trucked it away for storage in the village of Olga in April, about a month after the order.

No tests have yet been made of the soil and groundwater around the potentially contaminated area as was prescribed by the commission.


John Ryzhov

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