The Ukrainian Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate calls on the Association of Western European Nuclear Regulators to completely cease cooperation with Russia
The State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine (SNRIU) calls on the Association of Western European Nuclear Regulators (WENRA) to completely sever cooperation with the Russian Federation and stop the implementation of projects based on the Russian technologies.
“With regard to possible measures and actions in relation to the Russian Federation by WENRA member countries, the SNRIU proposes, in particular, the complete cessation of interaction with the Russian Federation, which uses the resources of the organizations for purposes that have nothing to do with nuclear and radiation safety, as well as stopping the implementation of projects on Russian technologies,” the inspectorate said in a Facebook post on Saturday.
According to her, Oleh Korikov, head of the SNRIU, expressed this position during an online meeting with Oliver Gupta, director general of the Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN), and his deputy at WENRA, Mark Foy.
At the same time, SNRIU called on the WENRA management to strongly raise the issue before the highest leaders of the countries and those who have influence in the decision-making on the need for effective measures that could lead to a sky protected above the Ukrainian nuclear. facilities and a ceasefire.
As noted in the message, Korikov informed his interlocutors in detail about the situation with the seizure of the Chernobyl site by Russian invaders, as a result of which an increase in radiation was recorded, and his workers were detained for nine days without rotation and deprived of normal working conditions. In addition, Korikov pointed out that, contrary to all international agreements and principles of nuclear security, Russian military forces numbering almost 100 tanks and a large number of infantry broke into the satellite town of Zaporizhia NPP Energodar, fired on the plant, causing unprecedented risk of a global catastrophe. At the same time, Korikov stressed that, according to available information, a similar situation may arise with regard to the Yuzhnoukrainsk nuclear power plant (NPP) located in the Mykolaiv region.
Emphasizing the importance of observing nuclear safety and the consequences that its violation could entail, the SNRIU calculated a project for the possible spread of radioactive contamination of the environment within 72 hours in the event of the destruction of one of the units. of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant on March 5, 2022.
“In the event of an emergency at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, radioactively contaminated air masses will most likely move to the southeast and, crossing the territory of Ukraine, will reach the coast of the Sea of Azov, with a further exit in 6-7 hours to the territory of the Russian Federation and a gradual dissipation as a result of a change of movement in the south-southwest direction and the movement of radioactive contamination for 15 hours on the territories of the Stavropol Territory and the North Caucasus,” the SNRIU described a possible situation.
According to his calculations, the next day a change in the movement of atmospheric air to the west is expected, as a result of which the remnants of radioactive emissions from March 7 may be found above the Black Sea coast , including on the territories of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, Turkey and Bulgaria.
According to SNRIU, generators No. 2 and No. 4 of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant are in service on Saturday morning. Powertrain #1 is undergoing scheduled preventative maintenance; work is in progress on units no. 3, no. 5 and no. 6 for the cooling of nuclear facilities.