September 24, 2022

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War in Ukraine: Growing concerns over Zaporizhia NPP

Status: 08/09/2022 03:05 am

International concerns are growing over an incident caused by fighting at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine. An accident can have devastating consequences. Russia continues to deny international experts access to the nuclear power plant.

International concern over the Russian-occupied Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine is growing. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned: “Any attack on a nuclear power plant is suicidal.” Europe’s largest nuclear power plant has been hit by rockets for the past few days. Russia and Ukraine are blaming each other for this.

Guterres demanded that experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) be allowed into Zaporizhia. So far, Russia has refused. IAEA chief Rafael Croci sees “a real risk of a nuclear catastrophe” in the war zone.

Apparently no radiation has been released yet

However, so far, according to the US findings, no radioactive fallout has been released. “We continue to monitor activity closely: the power plant, the Department of Energy and the National Nuclear Security Agency report that radiation sensors continue to provide data – and fortunately we have found no evidence of elevated or abnormal radiation levels,” said one white person. House Speaker said.

The Federal Office for Radiological Protection (BfS) has no evidence of radioactivity released. “There is no evidence that radioactive materials could have been released in Ukraine,” the agency told the Funke media group’s newspapers. All available radiological readings were within the “normal range”. “The BfS does not see a serious risk of release of radioactive material, but shares the concern for the long-term safe operation of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant.”

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Because of its construction, nuclear experts consider Zaporizhia to be safer than the power plants at Chernobyl or Fukushima, which suffered serious reactor accidents in 1986 and 2011. However, Zaporizhia would not withstand a targeted military attack.

An accident can have disastrous consequences

According to the Ukrainian ambassador of the IAEA, an accident at the nuclear power plant as a result of the conflict will have catastrophic consequences: “What will happen in a radius of 40 or 50 kilometers around the power plant is completely incomparable to Chernobyl. And Fukushima,” said Jevnizh Zimbaljuk.

Zymbalyuk not only reiterated calls for IAEA experts to be sent to Zaporizhia, but also suggested sending unarmed international military observers there. In any case, the IAEA should be on site by the end of this month, he said. According to the IAEA, such a move would require the support of Moscow and Kiev.