The decommissioning of the world’s oldest Chernobyl-type reactors at the Leningrad NPP is taking concrete forms.

The Rosenergoatom Concern assessed the environmental safety of the decommissioning of the 1st and 2nd power units of the Leningrad NPP. This was announced by the administration of the «atomic city» Sosnovy Bor, which is 35 km from St. Petersburg.

These are the world’s oldest reactors of the Chernobyl series and were finally shut down in 2018 and 2020 after 45 years of operation. The design life of power units is 30 years.

“Preliminary materials of the Environmental Impact Assessment” (EIA) of the decommissioning will be available for review from June 28 to July 27, 2023.

You can get acquainted with them in the city public library of Sosnovy Bor in the building of the administration of the city of Sosnovy Bor. at the address: Leningrad region, Sosnovy Bor, Leningradskaya Street, 46. This is the city public library, located in the administration building of Sosnovy Bor.

EIA materials are planned to be marked from June 28 to

There are no plans to hold public hearings, as it was before.

A “survey” of the interested public, which has become acquainted with the EIA materials, is planned.

Comments and suggestions on the EIA materials are proposed to be left in the places where the materials are placed:

  • from June 28 to July 27 in the questionnaire in the library of Sosnovy Bor;
  • from June 28 to August 6 (on weekdays from 09:00 to 19:00 local time) in the register of comments and suggestions at the place of acquaintance with the materials of public discussions;
  • From June 28 to August 6, as well as in free form, they can be sent to the address 188540, Leningrad region, Sosnovy Bor, Leningrad NPP in the name of Sergey Borisovich Funtov or to the e-mail address inclusive.

The declared goal of decommissioning is to bring the two power units into a radiation-safe state.


Commentary of the Public Council of the Southern Coast of the Gulf of Finland.

The work of the 3rd and 4th power units of the Leningrad NPP with RBMK-1000 reactors is planned to be operated for more than 45 years, until the 7th and 8th power units of the Leningrad NPP with VVER-1200 reactors are built in 2030 and 2031.

Radioactive waste generated during and during the decommissioning of the Leningrad NPP will be sent for disposal, most likely in the Urals.

Spent nuclear fuel does not have an economically viable and environmentally acceptable reprocessing technology. It is scheduled to be sent from the coast of the Baltic to a temporary national storage facility on the banks of the Yenisei River in the city of Zheleznogorsk.

For more information about environmental safety in the area of the decommissioned LNPP, see the article and discussion on the independent nuclear portal ProAtom.