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Murmansk Port Experiments with Screens to Control Coal Dust

By Anna Kireeva and Charles Digges 2018-09-21 19:14:00

Officials at the Murmansk Commercial Seaport are taking another shot at reducing the smog of soot that wafts into the city every time port workers load a ship full of coal bound for export to other countries. The “black attack,” as locals call the coal dust, has been a headache in Russia’s Arctic capital for as long as anyone can remember. In the winter it taints snow banks and ice, creating gray rivers of filth with every thaw. For the...

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The Lepse courtesy of Nerpa Shipyard

Russia to Start Breaking One of its Most Radioactive Ships

By Anna Kireeva and Charles Digges 2018-08-01 19:10:39

The Lepse service vessel, Russia’s waterborne atomic graveyard, has inched a step closer to complete dismantlement as officials say they will begin extracting nuclear fuel rods from its irradiated holds next month. The vessel, which technicians are carefully pulling apart at the Nerpa Shipyard near Murmansk, was used to refuel Russia’s nuclear icebreakers at sea – a job that eventually turned it into one of the world’s most dangerous radioactive hazards. Since its retirement, it has become a flagstone in...

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Russian Executives Weigh In on Arctic Development Plans

By Anna Kireeva and Charles Digges 2018-06-06 19:56:56

As Russia’s state nuclear corporation Rosatom draws closer to gaining nearly exclusive control over the Arctic’s storied Northern Sea Route, a number of executives and government officials weighed in on the legal disarray surrounding the route’s development. Their remarks came at the St. Petersburg Economic Forum, a yearly showcase of Russia’s business policy, which draws numerous oil and banking heavyweights from around the world, and, since 2005, has become an obligatory stop for those wishing to do business with the...

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