At a ceremony staged at the Zvezda military plant in Bolshoi Kamen, Primorye, on Thursday, Japanese officials handed over to the Russian side the floating complex Landysh, which is designed to reprocess radioactive waste from decommissioned nuclear submarines belonging to the Pacific Fleet. Among those attending was Akira Takamatsu, the Japanese Consul General to Vladivostok /the center of Primorye/. According to sources in the directorate of the plant, the forty-million-dollar Landysh was built with Japanese money in the Amur shipyard, Komsomolsk-on-Amur. The project was realized under a Russian-Japanese intergovernmental agreement on safe disposal of nuclear waste from Pacific Fleet submarines. The Landysh comes complete with a unique technology allowing safe reprocessing of liquid nuclear agents, when purified water goes overboard and radioactive waste is pressed into briquettes. In August, a complex for reprocessing low-radioactivity radioactive waste was put into operation at Zvezda. The project was designed and built by order of the US government. Now that it has acquired the Landysh, Zvezda possesses a full technological complex allowing it to reprocess all types of nuclear waste from Pacific Fleet submarines.
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