Bulgaria begins construction of radioactive waste depot

Bulgaria has begun building a radioactive waste depot near the country’s only nuclear power plant on the Danube.

Bulgarian Energy Minister Timinozka Petkova described the project in Kozlodi as crucial to the development of nuclear energy in the country, ABC News reported on Tuesday.

The warehouse is scheduled to be operational in 2021, with a fund managed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development financing the 73 million euro project.

Low and medium-level radioactive waste, which will be stored in the warehouse, is mainly due to the dismantling of four old nuclear reactors.

Bulgaria closed four Soviet-era nuclear reactors in Kozlodi because of security and safety problems and as a precondition for its accession to the EU in 2007