IAEA Director General offers to Guard Nuclear Reactors in Ukraine


Flaring munition landing on the grounds of the nuclear plant in Enerhodar, Ukraine

The world’s top nuclear overseer today offered to travel to war-torn Ukraine to ensure more than a dozen reactors there aren’t targeted as part of Russia’s continued invasion, a bold move that he acknowledged would be difficult but not impossible.

International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said he’s ready to make the trip — and suggested the crippled Chernobyl nuclear plant as a meeting site — after Russian troops attacked and then occupied Europe’s largest nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine last night.

“If we are to extend assistance, we have to be there, and the first to be there must be the head of the IAEA,” Grossi told reporters this morning. “I am ready to come.”…

Such a meeting, he said, would allow IAEA “to not simply tweet” but take action in the face of an unprecedented situation unfolding in Ukraine, which he called “fragile” and “unstable.”

Brave dude. Offering his person to do what few bureaucrats would do in any land. Stand as hostage against war and destruction. Simply as part of his requirement to serve and protect anyone who may be affected by a nuclear disaster at any of these power plants in Ukraine.

8 thoughts on “IAEA Director General offers to Guard Nuclear Reactors in Ukraine

  1. p/s says:

    Ukraine crisis: 3rd nuclear site targeted https://www.eenews.net/articles/ukraine-crisis-3rd-nuclear-site-targeted-manchin-talks/
    Experts say Russia’s likely overall goal is to control Ukraine’s critical infrastructure — including reactors that supply more than 50 percent of the nation’s power — and that nuclear overseers’ hands are tied.
    The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) “has no real authority to deal with this situation,” according to Ed Lyman, director of nuclear power safety at the Union of Concerned Scientists.
    Meanwhile: The State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine (SNRIU) said yesterday that the Kharkiv Institute of Physics and Technology that houses a “research nuclear installation” was attacked and damaged. https://snriu.gov.ua/en/news/shelter-nsa-neutron-source

  2. Update says:

    The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said on Tuesday that it has lost contact with remote data transmission from safeguards monitoring systems installed at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in northern Ukraine, which was taken over by Russian forces last month.
    https://www.cnn.com/europe/live-news/ukraine-russia-putin-news-03-08-22/h_d8fcf4a40f22a7dc433fc896d0e8ce43
    “The Agency is looking into the status of safeguards monitoring systems in other locations in Ukraine and will provide further information soon,” the IAEA said in a statement. https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/pressreleases/update-15-iaea-director-general-statement-on-situation-in-ukraine

  3. Update says:

    “The Chornobyl nuclear power plant (NPP) has been completely disconnected from the power grid due to the actions of the Russian invaders, the system operator NPC Ukrenergo has said.
    “There are about 20,000 spent fuel assemblies in Spent Fuel Storage Facility 1. They need constant cooling, which is possible only if there is electricity. If it is not available, the pumps will not produce cooling. As a result, the temperature in the spent fuel radioactive substances into the environment. By wind, a radioactive cloud can be transferred to other regions of Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, Europe,” the company said.
    Energoatom also said that due to a blackout, ventilation at the facility will not work, and all personnel located there will receive a dangerous dose of radiation.
    “The fire extinguishing system also does not work. This is a huge risk in the event of a fire that can occur as a result of a shell hit. Currently, hostilities continue, which makes it impossible to carry out repairs and resume power supply,” Energoatom said. https://ua.interfax.com.ua/news/general/810021.html
    “Ukraine authorizes Chernobyl spent fuel storage” (Wed, Apr 28, 2021) https://www.ans.org/news/article-2847/on-35th-anniversary-of-the-chernobyl-accident-ukraine-authorizes-spent-fuel-storage/

  4. Doomscroller says:

    A senior Ukrainian official accused Russia on Sunday of “irresponsible” acts around the occupied Chernobyl power station that could send radiation across much of Europe, and urged the United Nations to dispatch a mission to assess the risks.
    Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said Russian forces were “militarising” the exclusion zone around the station, site of the world’s worst civil nuclear accident in 1986.
    Russian forces, she said, were transporting large amounts of old and badly maintained weapons, creating a risk of damaging the containment vessel constructed around the station’s wrecked fourth reactor.
    And Russian forces were preventing firefighters from bringing under control large numbers of fires in the zone.
    “In the context of nuclear safety, the irresponsible and unprofessional actions of Russian servicemen present a very serious threat not only to Ukraine but to hundreds of millions of Europeans,” Vereshchuk said on her Telegram account. https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/ukraine-says-russian-forces-near-chernobyl-could-pose-new-radiation-threat-2022-03-27/
    Iryna Vereshchuk, Deputy Prime Minister – Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine, demands that the UN Security Council take immediate measures to demilitarize the exclusion zone of the Chornobyl NPP and establish a special UN mission to eliminate the risk of a nuclear disaster. https://www.ukrinform.net/rubric-ato/3441662-vereshchuk-demands-that-un-security-council-take-immediate-measures-to-demilitarize-chornobyl-npp.html

  5. Update says:

    Russian soldiers who seized the site of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster drove their armored vehicles without radiation protection through a highly toxic zone called the “Red Forest”, kicking up clouds of radioactive dust, workers at the site said. https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/unprotected-russian-soldiers-disturbed-radioactive-dust-chernobyls-red-forest-2022-03-28/
    The site got its name when dozens of square kilometers of pine trees turned red after absorbing radiation from the 1986 explosion, one of the world’s worst nuclear disasters.
    A vast area around Chernobyl is off limits to anyone who does not work there or have special permission, but the Red Forest is considered so highly contaminated that even the nuclear plant workers are not allowed to go there.
    …One of the employees said he had spoken to some of the rank-and-file Russian soldiers at the plant.
    “When they were asked if they knew about the 1986 catastrophe, the explosion of the fourth block (of the Chernobyl plant), they did not have a clue. They had no idea what kind of a facility they were at,” he said.

  6. Reddy Kilowatt says:

    Ukraine will now be able sell its electricity on the European market.
    Finance Minister of Ukraine Serhii Marchenko said this in a Facebook post, Ukrinform reports.
    “Ukraine has recently joined the European grid by becoming a member of ENTSO-E. Thus, the electricity produced in Ukraine can be sold on the European market. I discussed this opportunity with all European colleagues. Deputy Prime Minister, Bulgaria’s Finance Minister Assen Vassilev has expressed readiness to put on the government’s agenda cobsideration of the issue of purchasing electricity produced by us,” he wrote. https://www.ukrinform.net/rubric-economy/3466535-ukraine-to-be-able-to-sell-electricity-on-european-market-marchenko.html

    • Chutzpah says:

      “Ukraine did a year’s worth of work in 2 weeks to get on Europe’s energy grid in record time, but major challenges are ahead” (Fortune, April 2, 2022)
      It may have been done in two weeks, but synchronizing Ukraine’s electrical grid with Europe’s has been a mammoth task years in the making.
      The idea was first explored in 2017, when Ukrenergo, Ukraine’s main energy utility company, struck a deal with ENTSO-E to undergo the lengthy operational and regulatory processes necessary to integrate Ukraine’s grid with Europe’s.
      The project was slated to cost over €50 million, and its completion date was initially set for 2026. That timeline was later adjusted to early 2023.
      “It is impressive because typically those things take 10 years or more,” Georg Zachmann, an energy and climate policy researcher at the Brussels-based economic think tank Bruegel, told Fortune. “Doing it at that speed has never been done before.”

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