Statement from American Nuclear Society on Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant

July 5, 2023, 2:05PMPress Releases

The American Nuclear Society continues to monitor official statements and social media chatter regarding the status of Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant (ZNPP).

Our experts have carefully considered worst case scenarios, including bombardment and deliberate sabotage of the reactors and spent fuel storage canisters. They cannot foresee a situation that would result in radiation-related health consequences to the public.

ZNPP’s six reactors have been shut down for over ten months and are no longer making enough heat to cause a prompt radiological release. ZNPP is designed to withstand natural and man-made hazards. Thick, steel-reinforced concrete containment buildings protect the reactor cores and are designed to keep any radioactive materials isolated from the environment.

In the unlikely event that containment structures were breached, any potential release of radiological material would be restricted to the immediate area surrounding the reactors. In this regard, any comparison between ZNPP and “Chernobyl” or “Fukushima” is both inaccurate and misleading.

IAEA inspectors must be given immediate, unfettered access to all areas of the Russian-occupied nuclear power plant.

The United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is the most reliable source for up-to-date information on ZNPP.

About: Established in 1954, the American Nuclear Society (ANS) is an international professional organization of engineers and scientists 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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