‘The fire went out again’ … IAEA, emergency inspection of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant

Radiation monitoring, inspection of security systems, etc. progress

Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine

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(Geneva = Yonhap News) Reporter Ahn Hee = The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has sent experts to inspect the safety of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine, where the worst ever explosion at a nuclear power plant occurred.

According to the IAEA on the 28th (local time), nuclear safety experts visited the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine last week for a week to inspect nuclear power plant safety facilities and internal operating systems, monitor radiation and improve performance.

The IAEA said, “We have completed inspection activities not only for nuclear power plant facilities but also for the surrounding ‘evacuation area'” and “we expect it will help to improve the safety of nuclear power plants in a situation where always a danger.”

The Chernobyl nuclear power plant suffered the worst explosion in the history of nuclear power plants in April 1986. Currently, all reactor operations have been suspended, but spent nuclear fuel is being stored in a cooling facility.

Until now, an area with a radius of 30 km has been designated as an evacuation area where public access is controlled and is under special control.

The Chernobyl nuclear power station is about 100 km north of Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. It was occupied by Russian troops immediately after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, but the team withdrew at the end of March, and the Ukrainian side regained control of the facility.

The reason why the IAEA sent nuclear safety experts to the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, which has not been operated at all since 2000, as well as the constantly bombarded Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, is being interpreted as concerned about the consequences of the recent massive missile strike by the Russian military.

With the destruction of infrastructure across Ukraine one after the other, it was decided that the issue of safety management at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant could not be eased.

In addition to the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, where IAEA safety personnel are already based, Ukraine has requested safety inspections at three other nuclear power plants, including Riune, South Ukraine, and Khmelnytsky, and the IAEA will send experts soon.

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