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Parliamentary questions
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1 September 2017
Question for written answer P-005475-17
to the Commission
Rule 130
Jacek Saryusz-Wolski (NI)

 Subject:  Russian illegal nuclear waste ‘dumping’ and the environmental security of the Baltic Sea
 Answer in writing 

According to a report aired in February 2010 by the Swedish television programme Uppdrag granskning, in the early 1990s, Russian authorities were illegally disposing of nuclear waste off the Swedish island of Gotland. The location in question corresponds to preparatory construction works for the Nord Stream gas pipeline expansion. While the pipeline operator, Nord Stream AG, maintains that an environmental review was carried out for the project, there is nothing to suggest that it involved a nuclear assessment of the Baltic Sea.

Within the framework of the Radioactive Waste Management Directive, do the Commission and the relevant authorities:
1. Plan to investigate reports of potential clandestine activities carried out by Russia in the early 1990s and verify the data reportedly available in Sweden at the time?
2. Plan to oblige Nord Stream AG to undertake environmental studies on nuclear waste in the Baltic Sea, and — pending their conclusion — to employ the stand-still clause, in line with the precautionary principle in environmental law?
3. Plan to conduct its own study on the potential impact of constructing the pipeline on the reported nuclear waste near Gotland?
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