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IAEA tells Russia to improve waste management

The United Nation's nuclear watchdog is advising Russia to improve the way it deals with radioactive waste. The recommendation followed a two-week assessment of Russia's nuclear safety regulatory framework by the International Atomic Energy Agency.

world Updated: Nov 27, 2009 21:20 IST

The United Nation's nuclear watchdog is advising Russia to improve the way it deals with radioactive waste. The recommendation followed a two-week assessment of Russia's nuclear safety regulatory framework by the International Atomic Energy Agency.

The IAEA has handed a report to the Russian government noting defficiencies in the way its nuclear policy is implemented after its mission visited several of the country's nuclear power plants and enrichment and transport facilities.

IAEA's Philippe Jamet said at a news conference on Friday that waste management was a concern but praised government legislation aimed at addressing it. He offered no specifics.

Environmentalists complain of poor safety and oversight at reprocessing plants. Russia has the world's largest nuclear waste site.