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20th February, 2019

Nuclear waste dump said to be leaking

The nuclear waste depot in Püspökszilágy, Pest county is leaking, according to environmental NGO Paksi Riot.

Documents pertaining to the radioactive waste deposited there are incomplete and protective packaging is damaged in many instances, Paksi Riot warned.

The depot was opened in 1976 for the storage of nuclear waste from the Academy of Sciences test reactor, from pharmaceutical companies and from the Paks nuclear plant in the years 1983-96.

Available documents, local visits and background information suggest that tritium and radiocarbon have been leaking for 15 years, the NGO said.

Authorities replied that all deposited waste will be repackaged in the next 15-20 years.

Paksi Riot was founded by nuclear energy experts from Energiaklub and investigative journalists from anti-corruption website Átlátszó.

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