Russia moves radioactive material from nuclear site

4th August 2010, Comments 0 comments

Russian authorities have been forced to remove radioactive material from a top secret nuclear research facility to protect it from encroaching wildfires, the country's nuclear chief said Wednesday.

Sergei Kiriyenko, head of Russia's nuclear agency, however reassured that there was no danger to nuclear security.

"All explosive and radioactive materials have been taken away," he told a meeting with President Dmitry Medvedev.

"I can guarantee that even in an extreme situation with squalling winds there is no danger to nuclear security, no threat of radiation, explosions, or environmental consequences," he added.

The nuclear facility in Sarov, a city still closed to foreigners, lies in the central Nizhny Novgorod region, east of Moscow, which is one the the areas worst hit by the wildfires.

© 2010 AFP

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