The NFRC was established in 2002 to promote the construction and operation of nuclear reprocessing facilities. NFRC promotes reprocessing commercial spent nuclear fuel that is generated by commercial nuclear power plants.

Reprocessing dramatically reduces the amount of high-level radioactive waste that would have to be stored in a geologic repository. We also support reprocessing plutonium and highly enriched uranium from nuclear warheads into fuel for use in commercial nuclear power plants.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Chernobyl Workers Protest in Ukraine

Survivors of Ukraine's Chernobyl nuclear accident are staging their protest in the mining city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine since November 14 after reductions in the state pensions they receive for their part in fighting the 1986 disaster. At least one death has been reported in the fallout with police.


Below, protesters clash with riot police during a rally by veterans involved in the clean-up operation following the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster, in front of the government building, Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011. The veterans were demanding the right to keep the social benefits given to them after the clean-up.

(AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)

Liquidators, emergency workers who fought the blaze at the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, carried a symbolic coffin during a protest in Donetsk November 29, 2011. The action marked the death of a protester who had been on hunger strike over pension cuts and who died after police broke up their tent encampment on Sunday night.

Liquidators or emergency workers, who fought the blaze at the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, took part in a hunger strike inside a tent near the regional pension fund office in Donetsk November 23, 2011. Protesters have taken part in the hunger strike for 10 days to demand the authorities to pay out their subsidies and benefits guaranteed by the law, according to local media.

Below, police block liquidators, or emergency workers who fought the blaze at the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, as they protest against the authorities' initiative to cut social benefits near the government headquarters in Kiev November 29, 2011.

(REUTERS/Gleb Garanich)

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