Greenpeace investigates nuclear waste at Sellafield, 1994
Environmentalists say that during the construction of the Southeast Expressway, which is planned by the Moscow authorities, radioactive substances may enter the environment
The Russian branch of Greenpeace appealed to the Mayor of Moscow, Sergei Sobyanin, with a demand to solve the problem of a radioactive waste disposal site near the Moskvorechye railway platform. Environmentalists say that during the construction of the South-East Expressway, which Moscow authorities have planned in this place, radioactive substances can enter the environment that can cause significant harm to the health of Muscovites..
Greenpeace noted that the specialists of the state enterprise "Radon" have already recognized the fact of radiation pollution in the area of the repository. According to the territory survey act dated April 30 of this year, the radiation level on the slope near the Moscow Polymetal Plant reaches 61.4 microsieverts per hour – with normal values below 0.2 microsieverts. However, the authorities have not yet taken the necessary measures to solve this problem..
In this regard, ecologists demand from the mayor of Moscow to immediately mark all foci of radioactive contamination with signs "radiation hazard", restrict the access of citizens to hazardous areas, select in the presence of members of the public and analyze samples of contaminated soil, establish which category of radioactive waste they belong to, develop and implement a program for the remediation of a radiation hazardous facility, and most importantly, "prevent construction work near radioactive contamination centers".
Previous edition "Kommersant" reported the discovery in the Moskvorechye-Saburovo area of a 15-fold excess of the permissible radiation background. In this area there is a burial ground of the Moscow Polymetal Plant, on the territory of which radioactive waste of uranium and thorium ores is buried.
Greenpeace is convinced that any construction near this area will affect the contaminated soil. Its particles can lead to cancer if they enter the lungs..