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Radioactive waste storage facility to cost a further HUF 39bn

State-owned RHK has so far spent HUF 80 billion on the construction of a storage facility for low- and mid-level radioactive waste in n Batapatiti (SW Hungary) and will spend another HUF 39 billion before it is completed, managing director Ferenc Kereki told MTI.

A temporary storage facility, also in Bataapati, already holds 2,600 drums of waste, close to the maximum 3,000 allowed under its permit, so it is important that some of the waste can be put in the permanent facility next year, Mr Kereki said.

The planned expansion of the Paks Nuclear Power Plant will not raise the amount of waste it generates by much, but additions can always be made to the Bataapati storage facility, he said.