At the Chernobyl nuclear power plant over the storage of radioactive waste

© RIA Novosti / Stringreplace in fotomontagen a power unit of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. Archival photo.At the Chernobyl nuclear power plant over the storage of radioactive waste© RIA Novosti / the image Bank Stringreplace

Chernobyl is not enough space for the disposal of radioactive waste processed, according to the press service of the State Agency of Ukraine on exclusion zone management.

Now in Chernobyl have accumulated about 20 thousand cubic meters of liquid radioactive waste. They are in containers of two existing stores. According to preliminary calculations of experts of station on processing them in the plant for processing liquid radioactive waste will require about 29 years.

The number of packages of radioactive waste to be dumped after processing will exceed 300 thousand, but there is a specially equipped vault in the complex «Vector» is only 70 thousand, said the Agency.

According to the Deputy Director of the technical radioactive waste management Alexander Skomorokhov, ChNPP specialists are also looking for «commercially reasonable» methods of treatment of radioactively-contaminated water, the volume of which is replenished annually.

The disaster at Chernobyl occurred on 26 April 1986. The Ukraine was contaminated with 50 thousand square kilometers in 12 areas. The radiation also affected 19 Russian regions with the territory of almost 60 thousand square kilometers.