American Nuclear Society statement on the escalating war in Ukraine

March 2, 2022, 11:01PMPress Releases

Statement from American Nuclear Society President Steven Nesbit and Executive Director and CEO Craig Piercy:

"We echo the International Atomic Energy Agency and the World Association of Nuclear Operators in appealing to all armed combatants in Ukraine to refrain from military actions near nuclear facilities. The staff of Ukraine's nuclear power plants must be able to fulfill their duties without interruption, undue pressure, or the fear of being killed or injured.

We also urge the securing of off-site power supplies for every nuclear facility, uninterrupted transportation to and from sites for plant workers and supply chains; and unfettered communications with regulators and inspectors. Ukraine's nuclear workers need their rest between shifts, access to their homes, and a peace of mind that their loved ones are safe.

Separately, speaking on behalf of our 10,000 members and our organization alone, we at the American Nuclear Society urge an end to the war. An immediate cessation of hostilities is the surest way to prevent further loss of life and prevent any risk to Ukraine's nuclear facilities.”

Established in 1954, the American Nuclear Society (ANS) is an international professional organization of engineers, scientists, and technologists devoted to the peaceful applications of nuclear science and technology. Its more than 10,000 members represent government, academia, research laboratories, medical facilities, and private industry. ANS’s mission is to advance, foster, and spur the development and application of nuclear science, engineering, and technology to benefit society.

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