Some news that French energy giant EDF might have preferred to keep quiet has emerged in French newspaper, Liberation…

The paper said 13 percent of French radioactive waste produced by power group EDF could be found in the open air in a town in Siberia to which access is forbidden. The paper said it based its information on an investigation due to be broadcast on TV channel Arte on Tuesday.

Access to the UF6 nuclear waste storage facility in Seversk, Siberia might be forbidden (in’s known as a ‘closed city’) but in this hi-tech age, very few things remain hidden


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Look at all those rusty storage tanks. The city was formerly known as Tomsk-7 and in 1993 was the site of one of the world’s worst nuclear accidents. In 2000 contamination of rivers around the facility was said to have reached ‘staggering levels’ and the ‘worst ever recorded’.

EDF has finally admitted that a large part of its nuclear waste is sent to Russia…

An EDF spokeswoman declined to confirm the 13 percent figure, or that waste was stored in the open air, but confirmed EDF sends nuclear waste to Russia. "We send waste to Russia for treatment, and they send 10 to 20 percent of it back to us to be used in French power plants," she said.

A whole 10 to 20 percent? Wow. So what happens to the other 80 to 90 percent? Sounds very much as if it’s in Seversk somewhere. This, however, is how the nuclear industry likes things – out of sight and out of mind. Like the beginnings of the nuclear reaction – in dangerous and contaminating uranium mining – they don’t want you to think about what happens at the end either.