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Murmansk wreck to be raised.

The wreck of the decommissioned Russian cruiser Murmansk, will be removed from the rocks outside the fishing village of Sørvær in Northern Norway.

"The Government is taking local worries about the wreck seriously," writes the minister of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs, Helga Pedersen, in a press statement Wednesday.

She and a handful of experts are meeting the inhabitants of Sørvær on Thursday to answer questions they may have about the Murmansk or its removal.

The Radiation Protection Authority and the Coastal Administration have checked the ship for radioactivity and the Marine Research Institute has taken samples of the seabed, of fish and mussels, to see if they might contain PCB, heavy metals or other toxic materials.

After 14 years denying that the wreck represented a danger, Norwegian authorities decided last week to check the Murmansk again immediately.

She denies that this is a populist measure. "Two weeks ago the people of Sørvær were told that there might be radioactive materials on the Murmansk. What right has society to demand that the inhabitant live with this uncertainty," says Pedersen.

Helga Pedersen promises that all findings will be made public. She also says that the Ministry of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs will send the bill for clearing the site to the wreck's owner or other responsible parties.


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Added: Aug-14-2008 
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