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It is because of this product duality and the corresponding contradictory nature of approaches to it (raw material or waste) that there is no end to stormy debates among nuclear, environmental, and economics specialists on the correctness of the choice of this or that means of managing spent nuclear fuel. It should be emphasized that the problem of reprocessing spent nuclear fuel is one faced by all countries that operate nuclear power facilities. Spent nuclear fuel is accumulating in many geographic regions, in decentralized fashion and according to varying standards, a fact that represents a potential threat to global security and hardly coincides with the objectives of nuclear nonproliferation.

In the initial stage of development of the nuclear power industry, insufficient attention was paid to matters of comprehensive safety. The accidents at the Three Mile Island and Chernobyl power plants had a severely negative impact on the views of the general population regarding the safety of nuclear technologies. The fact that in the mind of the average observer, the effects of radiation are intangible and therefore uncontrollable, led to widespread radiophobia among the masses. Here, naturally, there appeared certain individuals and even groups that for various reasons took an interest in ensuring that this fear of radiation became constant among people.

The dynamic nature of the legal base in foreign countries bears particular notice. Effective and timely changes in laws and regulatory documents, taking into ac- Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved. html 24 AN INTERNATIONAL SPENT NUCLEAR FUEL STORAGE FACILITY count changes in the political, economic, and social spheres, are necessary in order to ensure that the laws correspond with current realities. Russia is not standing idle in this regard. As you may already know, we in Russia have passed new legislation that expands our capabilities with regard to international cooperation on spent fuel management and makes Russia’s position on this question more flexible.

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