Ukraine: Leak reported at Europe’s largest nuclear plant, almost 17 times legal radiation levels
The largest nuclear power plant in Europe is reported to have a major radioactive leak almost 17 times the legal limit, according to LifeNews who published a leaked State Emergency Service of Ukraine report. This is the same plant reported to have had a unit turned off after a short circuit November 28th. RT is trying to verify the report as the leaked document suggests that officials were hiding the problem, even after a reported incident on Sunday.
Ukrainian nuclear scientists misinformed the public and the media about the real state of affairs in the Zaporizhzhya NPP. The Internet got a summary of the State Service for Emergency Situations of the 28 and 29 December, which refute the assurances leadership Zaporizhzhya that the sixth unit was put into operation in the evening on 28 December. In addition, the permissible level of radiation at the plant, according to the measurements, was above the norm by 16 times.
Both documents addressed to the Chief of State GSCHS Ukraine in Zaporozhye region – Major General Civil Protection Lepsky. In summary for December 28, reported that at six o’clock in the Zaporizhzhya NPP due to damage to the transformer emergency generator protection system worked 6th unit.
– At 6 am on December 28 at the Zaporozhye NPP operates five units (1,2,3,4,5) … The total capacity of 4278 MW nuclear power plant radiation background – 4.90 mSv / year., SVYAP – 4.76 mSv / year . – 16.3 times higher than the acceptable norm – said in a bulletin.
Recall that the press service of the Zaporizhzhya NPP and representatives of “Energoatom” in the afternoon on December 28 reported an emergency situation, noting that the background radiation in a sanitary zone around the plant remains normal. After that, the head of the Ministry of Energy of Ukraine Dmytro Demchishin stated that repair of power will take a few days.
However, on the evening of December 28 the press service of Zaporizhzhya reported the completion of repair work and emergency unit is connected to the grid.
– December 28 2014 in 22 hours 35 minutes unit number 6 Zaporizhzhya after the fault is connected to the network. Being a set of power … – said in a statement on the official website of the plant. There’s also noted that the background radiation in the vicinity of the station corresponds to the natural.
However GSCHS summary for December 29, completely refuted this statement nuclear scientists. The document says that by 6 am Monday emergency sixth unit is not connected, the total capacity remained at the level of the previous day, and the radiation level in the vicinity of nuclear power plants and the storage of radioactive materials (SVYAP) increased.
– At 6 am on December 29 at the Zaporizhzhya NPP in five units (1,2,3,4,5) … At 6 am on December 28 sixth unit is disconnected from the unified energy system … The total capacity of 4278 MW nuclear power plant radiation background – 5.05 mSv / yr., SVYAP – 4.91 mSv / year. – Exceeding 16.8 times – said GSCHS Ukraine.
Recall first of background radiation above the threshold of 14 times in the area of ??Zaporozhye NPP evening of December 28 said the deputy chairman of the People’s Council DNI Dennis Pushilin. He explained leak Ukrainian nuclear scientists attempt to install power rod blocks produced by the American company Westinghouse.