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Finland; Norway: Agreement on Removing Radioactive Batteries

(Nov. 19, 2009) In mid-November 2009, Norway and Finland signed an agreement in which they committed to cooperation with Russia on removing radioactive batteries from the Baltic Sea. The Memorandum of Understanding was signed in Helsinki, Finland, by Norweigan Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre and Finnish Foreign Minister Alexander Stubb. The two countries will work with Russia on removing strontium batteries in lighthouse lanterns along the Russian Baltic coast. Støre described the batteries as “a hazard to health and the environment” as well as a “potential security threat.” He went on to stress the importance of cooperation with Russia on replacing the batteries with solar power units. (Rolleiv Solholm, Cooperation on Removing Radioactive Batteries, NORWAY POST, Nov. 18, 2009, available at

There are 71 lighthouse lanterns that will be removed by Norway and Finland; Russia and France will remove 16 others. The project will be funded by NOK47 million (about US$8.4 million) from Norway and NOK12.5 million (about US$2.2 million) from Finland. (Id.)