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State-owned radioactive waste manager to spend almost HUF 17bn in 2011

Hungary’s state-owned manager of radioactive waste RHK will spend HUF 16.7bn this year on research, construction and waste management, RHK chief Ferenc Kereki told reporters in Budapest on Thursday. Building a storage facility in Bátaapáti (SW Hungary) and expanding a temporary store for spent nuclear fuel rods are priorities, Mr Kereki said. The Bátaapáti storage facility for low- and mid-level radioactive waste will be completed by the middle of 2012 and the first drum of material could be placed there at the end of the year, after an operating permit is obtained, he said. After the project is completed, RHK will put more energy into building a deep geological laboratory in the Mecsek Hills (SW Hungary), he added. (MTI)