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The sixth power unit of the Zaporozhye NPP. archive photo

IAEA chief Grossi: A realistic alternative proposal is needed to protect ZNPP

TOKYO, July 8 – RIA Novosti. Visiting Japan on July 4-7, IAEA Director-General Rafael Grossi said in an interview with the Japanese NHK television channel that a realistic and viable alternative proposal should be made to protect the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant.

“If an accident happens at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, who is to blame? We can only blame ourselves. Because it will be an artificial accident. It will be because some people can’t stop others from happening,” Grossi said. He noted that in the event of an accident, this would be its main difference from the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and the Fukushima-1 nuclear power plant.

“Like it or not, there really is a war and there is a nuclear power plant… So we have to come up with an alternative, realistic and viable plan to protect the plant. Some people ask me why I didn’t protect it. Evacuate the factory. I would like it. I tried to create a defense zone. But the counteroffensive has begun and the military command cannot accept the fact that there will be a territory they cannot go to. This is absolutely unacceptable.” aforementioned.

Rafael Grossi was in Japan in connection with plans to accidentally release weak radioactive water into the ocean from the Fukushima-1 nuclear power plant. During his four days in the country, he visited the station, met with Fukushima Prefecture residents, fishermen and management, and held two extensive press conferences. He specifically touched on the subject of ZNPP in his courses and stated that both on July 4 and July 7, IAEA experts did not find any traces of explosives or mining.

The agency requested additional access to verify that there were no mines or explosives at the site. In particular, it concerned access to the roofs of reactor blocks 3 and 4, as well as to some parts of the turbine halls and parts of the station’s cooling system. On Friday, Grossi said some progress has been made in obtaining permits, and although experts have yet to get on the roofs of the power units, he is confident that such a permit will be obtained.

Power units of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant - RIA Novosti, 1920, 07/08/2023

Grossi described ZNPP’s position as “extremely vulnerable”

Zaporozhye NPP is located on the left bank of the Dnieper, near the town of Energodar. This is the largest nuclear power plant in Europe in terms of number of units and installed capacity – the station has six power units with a capacity of 1 gigawatt each. In October 2022, the nuclear power plant became the property of the Russian Federation. The Ukrainian army continues to regularly bomb Enerhodar and the territory of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant adjacent to the city. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that the Kiev regime continued to deliberately bomb the ZNPP, trying to create the appearance of a threat of nuclear disaster. The International Atomic Energy Agency has repeatedly expressed the need to create a security zone around the ZNPP.

Earlier, Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that he had received a report from the Ukrainian intelligence and security services, which he claimed was that Russia had prepared and evaluated a scenario of a terrorist attack that released radiation at the ZNPP. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov described this statement as nonsense. Russia’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Vasily Nebenzya, said at the organization’s Security Council meeting that Russia hopes that Kiev will not allow Western protectors of Kiev to organize a disaster in the ZNPP. Nebenzya noted that the IAEA mission, led by Director-General Rafael Grossi, who visited the station in June, could be persuaded of the absurdity of such statements “despite all obstacles from Ukraine”.

Renat Karchaa at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant in Energodar - RIA Novosti, 1920, 07/07/2023

Karchaa said that Kiev’s threat of attacking the ZNPP has decreased but not eliminated.

Source: Ria

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