The head of the UN nuclear body says the radiation levels at the former Chernobyl nuclear power plant during the last weeks of war in Ukraine were “extraordinary.” BBC.
The director of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Croce, told reporters that the AFP had described Russian forces as “very, very dangerous” in recent weeks.
The defunct plant was the site of the worst nuclear disaster in human history in 1986, and is still used to control the remaining nuclear waste.
CNCAN: There is no danger to the environment and people of Ukraine. In Romania, the radiation level is at normal values
The National Commission for the Control of Atomic Energy (CNCAN) states that all nuclear power plants in Chernobyl and the territory of Ukraine are safe and that there is no danger to the environment and people. The company also notes that measurements made in Romania “confirm the normal values of radiation levels”.
The National Commission for the Control of Atomic Energy (CNCAN) gives the following explanations for some of the press releases on the extraordinary levels of radiation in Chernobyl:
The system for monitoring the radiation of the environment in the territory of Ukraine operates normally and does not indicate a violation of normal values.
Currently, all nuclear facilities in the territory of Chernobyl and Ukraine are safe and pose no danger to the environment and people.
At the same time, we note that measurements made nationally confirm normal values of radiation levels.
CNCAN is continuously monitoring the evolution of the situation through the Emergency Environment Operations Center based on radiation monitoring.
In Romania, radiation levels are constantly monitored by the National Network for Environmental Radiation Surveillance (RNSRM) within the National Agency for Environmental Protection (ANPM). Experts from the National Radiology Laboratory verify 24/7 monitored data and send it to the International Atomic Energy Agency, thereby ensuring immediate information on national and international decision-makers and populations. CNCAN Newsletter.
Energoatom: Two Russian missiles fly low over Europe’s largest nuclear power plant
A rocket attack on a business complex in the Zaporozhye region of southern Ukraine has killed at least one person and injured one, local officials said Tuesday, according to Reuters and Agerpres. The regional administration said two rockets hit the headquarters and a third rocket exploded before reaching its target.
Meanwhile, Energoatom, the Ukrainian state-owned company that manages the largest Zaporozhye nuclear power plant in Europe, announced on Tuesday that two cruise missiles fired by Russian troops had flown low over the plant, EFE said. .
The European Union (EU) fears a nuclear disaster in Ukraine could be triggered by a Russian attack
The European Union (EU) on Tuesday warned of a new nuclear disaster in Ukraine, calling on Moscow to refrain from taking any action against the country’s nuclear facilities, amid the ongoing Russian offensive 36 years after the Chernobyl explosion.
Russian forces enter Ukraine – control the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, the largest nuclear power plant in Europe, which has caused fires in ancillary buildings caused by artillery fire, raising fears of a new nuclear disaster.
“Russia’s illegal and unjust occupation of Ukraine is once again affecting nuclear security on our continent,” European Foreign Minister Joseph Borrell and European Energy Commissioner Kadri Simpson warned in a joint statement.
Two European officials have accused Russian forces of “irresponsibly damaging facilities” at attacked nuclear sites.
Two European officials have warned that “illegal occupation and disruption of normal operations, especially by blocking the rotation of workers, will significantly compromise the safe and secure operation of power plants in Ukraine and significantly increase the risk of accidents.”
“During the 1986 Chernobyl accident, we reiterate our deep concern about the risks to nuclear safety and security posed by Russia’s recent operations at the Chernobyl site,” they stressed.
Ukraine has 15 nuclear reactors with four operating stations, in addition to landmass such as Chernobyl.
The director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Croce, visited the Chernobyl nuclear power plant on Tuesday to “accelerate efforts to prevent the risk of a nuclear disaster.”
“We welcome and fully support the IAEA’s efforts at the request of the Ukrainian government,” Agerpres said in a statement issued by two European officials.
Rafael Croce arrived in Chernobyl on April 26, 1986, the date of the catastrophic disaster.
“The situation is completely extraordinary and very dangerous,” Crosey told reporters during a visit to Chernobyl, 36 years after the worst nuclear disaster in history.
The experts accompanying him on the visit will “repair remote monitoring systems that stopped sending data to the IAEA headquarters” in Vienna (Austria) shortly after the war began.
The Chernobyl site, 150 km north of Kiev, collapsed on February 24, the first day of the Russian invasion, disrupting electricity and communications networks.
On March 31, Russian troops withdrew.
Since then, the situation has gradually returned to normal, according to daily reports from the IAEA, based on information received from the Ukrainian regulator.
Rafael Croce has already visited Ukraine at the end of March to lay the groundwork for a technical assistance agreement. He went to the Yushin Ukrainskaya power station in the south of the country, after which he met with senior Russian officials in Kaliningrad on the shores of the Baltic Sea.
Chernobyl reactor no. 4 erupted in 1986, polluting much of Europe, but especially Ukraine, Russia and Belarus. The area around the 30-kilometer radius around the plant, known as the Exemption Zone, is still highly polluted and permanent residence is prohibited within this perimeter.
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