Magurele research reactor to shut down

28 September 2001

The nuclear reactor at Magurele, outside Bucharest, is to be dismantled and the Magurele Fort site returned to greenfield status.

The decision to stop the reactor was taken by the Horia Hulubei National Institute of Research-Development for Physics and Nuclear Engineering because the equipment was old and the maintenance costs were too high, said Dan Popescu, general director of the National Atomic Energy Agency of Romania. The process will involve treating and storing radioactive waste which will be taken to the Baita dump in Bihor county, western Romania. The Education and Research Ministry is insisting that the facilities at Baita should be improved to cater for the waste.
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