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The Bellona Foundation.

The private Bellona Foundation was formed in 1986, a few months after the nuclear accident at Chornobyl, by environmentalists Frederic Hauge and Rune Haaland, who saw the need for a new, more involved environmental action organization in Norway. Bellona's scope grew in the 1990s to include international environmental protection, specifically in Russia. Today, Bellona strives to inform the public, policy makers, and the media about environmental hazards, particularly those related to energy production and nuclear power, and helps draft policy responses to these problems. The Bellona Foundation Web site, located at http://www.bellona.no/, provides an extensive archive and up-to-date source of news stories regarding nuclear power, energy, and the environment.

Under the main menu on the home page, viewers can click on the All About Nuclear Russia link to read background information about nuclear-powered plants, icebreakers, and naval vessels in that country. Resources include news articles and fact sheets on current facilities and past accidents. Also located under the main menu is the Energy link. Clicking here takes readers to information about renewable energy sources and oil and gas production policies.

Other links on the home page lead to information about Russian activists working on nuclear problems. The Nikitin Case link goes to news archives covering the controversial story of Aleksandr Nikitin. Nikitin was accused and eventually acquitted of high treason and divulging of state secrets for his part in coauthoring the 1996 Bellona report The Russian Northern Fleet, which describes problems the fleet is facing with the storage of spent nuclear fuel and other radioactive waste generated by the operation of submarines and other vessels. The downloadable text of The Russian Northern Fleet is also available on the home page. The Pasko Case link takes visitors to information on Grigory Pasko, who was accused of high treason in relation to his investigation of nuclear safety issues in the Russian Pacific Fleet. [For more information on the Nikitin and Pasko cases, see "The Whistle-Blowers," p. A169.]

Visitors can click on Environmental Facts and Info under the main menu for fact sheets on radioactivity, the nuclear industry, biodiversity, and chemical compounds. The foundation's working papers are also available here for download, including titles such as Comments on a Trading System for Greenhouse Gases, Securing Radioactive Waste in Murmansk and Archangelsk Counties, and Reprocessing Plants in Siberia, a report on nuclear waste and pollution from nuclear reprocessing facilities in the Arctic region.

Back on the home page, the Recommended Sections link leads to archives of stories on other topics of interest, including the sinking of the Kursk in August 2000 and the Bellona report Green Heat and Power: Eco-Effective Energy Solutions in the 21st Century, an overview of alternative energy policies and strategies being used in Norway.
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Author:Greene, Lindsey A.
Publication:Environmental Health Perspectives
Date:Apr 1, 2001
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