The Leningrad NPP: 79 % of the Leningrad Region residents support the advancement of the nuclear power

The outcomes of a sociological research on how the residents of the Leningrad Region and Saint Petersburg feel about the nuclear power in their area have been summarized. The poll was conducted by ElaNCom, a research company, in March 2019. Over 1000 respondents aged between 18 and 60 years old took part in it, those being the residents of Saint Petersburg and other cities of the Leningrad Region – Sosnovyy Bor, Vyborg, Gatchina, Vsevolozhsk and Tikhvin. Such polls were conducted in all regions where Russian NPPs are located.

According to the results, 79% of the residents in the region are in favour of active advancement of nuclear power or keeping it at the same level. 78.5% of the residents of Sosnovyy Bor, a satellite town of the Leningrad NPP, shared this vision.

76.5% of the region residents and 84.8% of the Sosnovyy Bor dwellers approve of using nuclear power as one of the primary sources of power. Over a half of respondents state that their attitude towards the Leningrad NPP is positive or more positive than not (62.3% in the Leningrad Region and 74.1% in Sosnovyy Bor); besides, they support the construction of new power blocks (66.7% in the Leningrad Region and 58.5% in Sosnovyy Bor). 69.5% of the respondents believe that having a nuclear power plant is an advantage compared to other regions, while 40.5% of the surveyed in Sosnovyy Bor believe that the Leningrad NPP defines the development of the city and funds major projects.

The Leningrad NPP is the country’s first plant with RBMK-1000 reactors (uranium-graphite circuit-type reactor running on thermal neutrons). The decision that marked its construction was taken in September 1966 by a resolution of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the USSR and the Council of Ministers No. 800-252. According to that document, the Leningrad NPP was supposed to become a core in a network of nuclear power plants with RBMK-1000 reactors that were supposed to produce a substantial share of electric power. The construction of the Leningrad NPP was going well, and by 1973 the first power block was fully erected. On December 23, 1973, following stable 72-hours’ operation at the capacity of 150 megawatt, the State Commission signed the acceptance certificate stating that the first power block of the Leningrad nuclear power plant is commissioned for pilot production. 

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