DATE=9/12/2000 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=RUSSIA / NUCLEAR (L-O) NUMBER=2-266392 BYLINE=EVE CONANT DATELINE=MOSCOW CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: The Russian government says that next month deep sea divers will begin recovering the bodies of the 118-crewmen who died aboard the sunken nuclear submarine Kursk. Moscow Correspondent Eve Conant reports Russia's Atomic Energy Minister warns against re-floating the entire vessel. TEXT: Russia's deputy prime minister, Ilya Klebanov, told reporters in St. Petersburg that divers will begin retrieving bodies of crew members of the Kursk by early October. He says a mission to raise the entire vessel will begin next year. But Atomic Energy Minister Yevgeny Adamov told a news conference Tuesday that the nuclear reactors aboard the submarine Kursk do not pose a threat to the environment, and that radiation levels do not exceed the permissible norm. /// ACT ADAMOV IN RUSSIAN IN FULL AND FADE UNDER /// He says - from the point of view of the nuclear reactors and all nuclear energy installations, the submarine should not be lifted. Neither ecological nor any other factors require the submarine to be raised. Russian officials have said the Kursk's nuclear reactors were shut down automatically at the time of the accident and that there is no danger of the reactors leaking. The Interfax news agency quoted the Atomic Energy Minister as warning that only negligence during the lifting operation would lead to an environmental threat. /// Second Act Adamov in Russian in full and fade. /// He says - only extreme carelessness could transfer this potential danger into a reality. I do not think that the specialists who would be involved in this operation would allow for such faults. /// OPT /// Russia's N-T-V television quoted former ship-building specialist Sergey Okunev as saying it is unlikely the rescuers would find many bodies when they attempted to recover them in October. /// ACT OKUNEV IN RUSSIAN IN FULL AND FADE UNDER /// He says - despite whatever the authorities may be promising, they cannot remove the crewmen because they simply will not be there. If such an explosion took place as we understand, then 70-percent of what was inside the submarine has likely been washed out to sea. /// END OPT /// The government announcements follow a series of technical problems in recent days that have raised concern over nuclear safety in Russia. A Russian power company temporarily cut off electricity to a military base outside Moscow for not paying overdue bills. The base belongs to Russia's Strategic Rocket Forces, which control the country's land-based arsenal of nuclear weapons. Russian officials said Monday several nuclear reactors had to be shut down Saturday and Sunday due to a failure in Russia's aging electric grid. Officials said there was no danger to the public, but the director of Russia's Mayak nuclear reprocessing plant told Itar-Tass it was his employees' vigilance that had prevented any serious problems or harmful emissions. Meanwhile, Russia's Supreme Court is to re-examine Wednesday an investigation of a former Russian naval captain turned environmentalist, Alexander Nikitin. He was arrested in 1996 on charges of espionage after publishing alleged abuses of Russian navy's Northern fleet, including throwing radioactive materials overboard into the Arctic Ocean. (SIGNED) NEB/EC/KL/RAE 12-Sep-2000 10:22 AM EDT (12-Sep-2000 1422 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .