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    Aiea requests access to Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant


    May 11, 2022 - CE Noticias Financieras

     

      BRUSSELS, 10 MAY (ANSA) - The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has requested access to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine to verify the condition of the more than 30,000 kilograms of enriched uranium and plutonium present in the plant.

      "We are in contact with Russian experts and the government of Russia, which has control of the plant, and we have said that they must guarantee access for our inspectors," Aiea director Rafael Grossi said Tuesday (10).

      "I then spoke with President Volodymyr Zelensky and asked the parties to organize a mission to verify that everything is in order," he added.

      According to Grossi, one of the most worrying aspects is that the Zaporizhzhia power plant is under Russian military control, but its employees are still Ukrainian.

      "This creates the risk of confrontations and misunderstandings, not ideal conditions [for a nuclear power plant]," the Aiea director said, adding that both sides want the mission to take place under their respective flags.

      "Whether for Moscow or Kiev, the political format is more important than the technical work we need to do," he criticized.

      The Zaporizhzhia atomic power plant is the main one in Ukraine and has six reactors (40% of the 15 in use in the country). In March, the plant was even the stage for fighting between Moscow and Kiev troops, raising fears of a possible nuclear disaster of proportions even greater than Chernobyl. (ANSA).

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