Target: Baltiskii Zavod Shipyard
Goal: Stop construction of floating nuclear power plants
The Russian Federation plans to mass produce floating nuclear power plants, aiming for the first operational nuclear power plant in 2016. The project is dubbed the Academician Lomonosov. This operation is of grave concern because the Fukushima power plant in Japan is still leaking radiation into the ocean. If something goes wrong with one of these ships, it could inject radiation into the maritime environment. There are already problems with cleaning up oil spills, imagine the catastrophe with radiation.
The vessels weigh about 21,000 tons, with naval propulsion reactors capable of supplying electricity for a city of about 200,000 people. The ships will also provide desalination services, making about 240,000 cubic meters of fresh water per day. Russia intends to have these ships in the remote areas of northeastern Russia and the Far East, to better aid their chances in industrial development.
However, there are concerns about the technology of these ships, since it borrowed from the Soviet Era nuclear ice-breaks. Unfortunately two incidents involving coolant system leaks led to the metals melting and deforming, releasing radiation into the environment. Production of these ships will take place at the Baltiskii Zavod shipyard. The company stresses that all ships are made with safety margins for all possible threats, making the nuclear reactors invulnerable to tsunamis and other natural disasters. All ships will also meet the requirements of the International Atomic Energy Agency and they don’t pose a threat to the environment. They will not be equipped with engines, so the ships will have to be towed in place.
But despite claims that these ships are safe, accidents are always possible. The Titanic was rumored to be unsinkable, but it sank on its first maiden voyage. If a tow cable snapped, ice sheets smash into its hull or the ship simply capsizes, the damage is already done. Sign this petition and tell the the shipyard to halt its construction.
Dear Baltiskii Zavod Shipyard,
I implore you to halt the project Academician Lomonosov due to concerns about the impact it could have on the environment. While I understand that the company has stressed that precautions have been taken to ensure that all ships are safe, it only takes one capsizing nuclear power plant to cause a catastrophe. The problems at the Fukushima power plant should be a warning about the project.
I am greatly concerned about the environment. An oil spill can be cleaned up but radiation is another matter entirely, and both incidents leave lasting repercussions on our ecosystems. Our oceans continuously keep getting polluted and I would hate to see the Academician Lomonosov project became a contributor to that pollution. Please stop its construction, for the sake of the environment.
[Your Name Here]
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