Safety principles violated at Ukrainian power plant, says UN report

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The United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says it remains “gravely concerned” about the situation at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) in Ukraine and says there is an “urgent need” for measures to prevent a nuclear accident.

In a report following a site visit, Director General Rafael Grossi said that a nuclear safety and protection zone around the site occupied by the Russians must be established.

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“The IAEA is still seriously concerned about the situation in the ZNPP – this has not changed,” the report says. “The Seven Pillars were all compromised on the spot.”

The agency stressed the urgent need for interim measures “to prevent a nuclear accident arising from physical damage caused by military means”.

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“The IAEA stands ready to immediately initiate consultations leading to the urgent establishment of a nuclear safety and security zone in the ZNPP,” the report said.

The agency says the team saw firsthand the damage the bombing caused to the facility and “noted with concern that the bombing could have impacted structures, systems and safety-related components, and could have caused significant safety impacts, loss of life and personal injuries. .”

In addition to the danger of ongoing fighting around the facility, the agency says that the team at Zaporizhzhia and other nuclear plants in Ukraine “continued to show resilience and resilience in keeping sites running safely amid the conflict.”

Source: CNN Brasil

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