(BARENTS OBSERVER) -- [...] Russia’s hydrographical agency and the Federal agency for sea and river transport have searched for old RTGs in lighthouses and now announce that two of them are missing. The information is made available in a report to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) by Russia’s Kurchatov Institute.
A 700 IBS (318 kg) nuclear generator is missing from its location on the Lishniy island in the eastern Kara Sea. The island belongs to Severnaya Zemlya archipelago north of the Taimyr Peninsula.
Aleksandr Grigoriev with the Kurchatov Institute in Moscow says to Izvestia that the RTG most likely is washed out to the sea. The coastline where the lighthouse once stood was partly washed away. The amount of radioactivity in that particular RTG is believed to be between 46,000 to 50,000 Curie.
The other missing RTG was located in a lighthouse on the Kamchatka Peninsula in the Far East.
There are currently 56 lighthouses with nuclear generators still operating in western and central part of the Northern Sea Route, from the Yamal Peninsula in the west to the New Siberia Islands in the east. Read more via Barents Observer...