IAEA seeks to visit Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant amid concerns

by | Aug 26, 2022 | World

A team from the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency is expected to visit the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in Ukraine soon, but more shelling was reported in the area overnight.The visit comes after the plant was temporarily knocked offline, creating fears of a catastrophe in a nation still haunted by the 1986 Chernobyl disaster
There were conflicting reports on Friday on the extent of the damage to a transmission line at the complex – Europe’s largest nuclear plant – that caused a blackout across the region on Thursday.
It was not immediately clear whether the damaged line carried outgoing electricity or incoming power that is needed for the reactors’ vital cooling systems. A loss of cooling could cause a nuclear meltdown.
Russia-installed officials in the Zaporizhzhia region have blamed Ukraine for the fire. They said on Friday the plant was functioning normally but that because of the problem, the plant was only supplying electricity to Russia-controlled areas and not the rest of Ukraine.
Ukrenergo, Ukraine’s electricity transmission system operator, however, reported on Friday that the two main power lines supplying the Zaporizhzhia plant with electricity that were damaged by the Russian shelling have resumed operation.
“Thanks to this, a stable power supply and safe operation of nuclear waste storage facilities and other …

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