Some Normalcy Restored At Chernobyl NPP

The United Nation’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said Wednesday that Ukraine had told them communication between the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant and the Ukrainian national regulator had been restored after a month of disconnect associated with the Russian invasion.

Chernobyl NPPWhile communication has been restored, the IAEA relayed the Ukrainian assessment of the site, saying that destroyed bridges and demining activities had rendered the situation precarious. The phrase forwarded from Ukraine was that the situation at the power plant “remained difficult.”

Russian forces controlled the Chernobyl plant for five weeks and departed on March 31. Since then, by use of boat transportation, the plant was able to rotate staff for the first time in three weeks, a significant safety protocol. However, the national regulator has not yet had the “opportunity to inspect,” the site, IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi said.

Communication with the Chernobyl NPP “had been down for more than a month,” according to Grossi.

In order to return the plant to a normal status,, Grossi plans to head a mission of IAEA experts to the Chornobyl site later this month to conduct nuclear safety, security and radiological assessments, deliver vital equipment and repair the Agency’s remote safeguards monitoring systems there.

Regarding the country’s 15 operational reactors at four nuclear power plants, Ukraine said seven are currently connected to the grid, including two at the Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhya NPP, two at the Rivne NPP, two at the South Ukraine NPP, and one at the Khmelnytskyy NPP. The eight other reactors are shut down for regular maintenance or held in reserve. Safety systems remain operational at the four NPPs and they also continue to have off-site power available, Ukraine said.

In relation to safeguards, the IAEA said it was still not receiving remote data transmission from its monitoring systems installed at the Chornobyl NPP, but such data was being transferred to IAEA headquarters from the other NPPs in Ukraine.

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