ONE24 Jun -The nuclear watchdog of the ONU He said on Friday that he is increasingly concerned about the well-being of staff at Ukraine’s Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe, adding that he must go there as soon as possible.
The International Atomic Energy Agency has been saying for months that the situation in Zaporizhia, where Ukrainian personnel work operating the plant under the command of Russian troops, poses a security risk and that it wants to send a mission there.
“The IAEA is aware of recent reports in the media and elsewhere indicating a deteriorating situation for Ukrainian personnel at the country’s largest nuclear power plant,” the Vienna-based UN agency said in a statement.
He added that he is “increasingly concerned about the difficult conditions staff are facing…and must get there as soon as possible to address this and other pressing issues.”
One such issue is that the inspectors of the IAEA they must carry out verification work, including checking the “large quantities” of nuclear material that are there.
Although the remote transmission of data on this material to the headquarters of the IAEAphysical inventory checks must continue to be carried out in person by inspectors at an interval that “cannot exceed a certain duration,” the agency said, without elaborating.
Two of the plant’s six reactors have recently been refueled and these fuel checks are a prerequisite before restarting them, he added. Two reactors are currently in operation.
“The situation at this major nuclear power plant is clearly untenable. We are informed that the Ukrainian personnel are operating the facility under extremely stressful conditions while the site is under the control of the Russian armed forces,” said the director general of the IAEARafael Grossi, in the statement.
“The recent reports are very worrying and further deepen my concern for the well-being of the staff there.”