Voters in Russia’s Far East voted overwhelmingly on August 17 against construction of a nuclear waste storage and processing facility that is to be financed with Japanese aid. Proposals call for the facility to be built 40 kilometers east of Vladivostok, in the city of Bolshoi Kamen. An earlier poll in that city also indicated strong opposition to the project. Neither poll is binding. Moscow and Tokyo agreed to construction of the processing facility following incidents in 1993 when Russia’s Pacific Fleet outraged Japan by dumping low-level liquid nuclear waste into the Sea of Japan. (Kyodo, August 18)
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