Spent fuel import bill passed

3 April 2002

A bill allowing the import of spent nuclear fuel produced in foreign countries was passed by the State Duma (lower house) at its third and final reading on 6 March. The measure must now be approved by the Federation Council (upper house), before being signed into law by president Vladmir Putin.

The bill establishes a special commission that will decide whether or not spent fuel from foreign countries can be imported into Russia.

The committee, chaired by Russia's physics Noble laureate Zhores Alferov, would be made up of 20 other members: five each representing the president, the Federation Council, the State Duma and the government.

The committee will submit to the president and both houses of parliament annual reports on the import of foreign-produced spent nuclear fuel into Russia. The rules on the special commission will be confirmed by a presidential decree.
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